2010 Drought News

December 17, 2010 Central Texas in drought again Scarcely a year after one drought ended, another has gripped Central Texas. Parts or all of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties are in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federally funded service that tracks conditions across the country. Read full Statesman.com article here. December 9, 2010 Experts fear Texas heading into another drought State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told the Houston Chronicle that continuing dry weather is likely…

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2010 Groundwater News

November 17, 2010 Will Water Rights Be on the Legislature’s Agenda? Next legislative session, during the few minutes not taken up with the budget, redistricting and immigration, an old stand-by of an issue could creep onto the agenda: water. Observers say legislative proposals on groundwater rights are probable, given that Texas is just wrapping up a controversial process for planning the allocation of water from aquifers, while environmentalists will be pushing more measures for water conservation. Read more from the…

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August 2010 News Archive

  • August 31, 2010
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August 31, 2010 Texas Completes Key Groundwater Planning Step An intensive process to plan out the maximum depletion of aquifers over the next half-century has been completed just ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline. Read full Texas Tribune article here. August 30, 2010 Wind transmission lines across Hill Country face holdup at Public Utility Commission By the time the first segment of the Hill Country line came before the commission in April, the commissioners told the LCRA to go back…

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July 2010 News Archive

  • July 31, 2010
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July 30, 2010 The Future of Water: GMA 9’s 30-foot drawdown decision could crimp future growth After nearly four years of hydrology modeling and politicking, representatives from groundwater districts in Kendall and eight other Hill Country counties decided Monday to limit the drawdown of aquifer levels to no more than 30 feet over the next 50 years. Read full Boerne Star article here. July 28, 2010 LCRA TSC files application with Public Utility Commission for new transmission line across Hill…

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June 2010 News Archive

  • June 30, 2010
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June 30, 2010 Mobility bond package has little for Oak Hill TxDOT: Quick fix plan for the ‘Y’ in the works. Read full Oak Hill Gazette article here. June 29, 2010 The politics of transmission lines “People should be angry with our governor, their legislators, the state and the utility companies not only because of the destruction these new power lines will cause, but because it appears this was all done for the age-old reason of greed and power.” Read…

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May 2010 News Archive

May 31, 2010 Good management of forages extends to lakes and streams Good management of riparian zones is important for groundwater quality as well as surface water because creeks and rivers often channel water into aquifers. Read full article by Robert Fears here. May 28, 2010 Kerrville alarmed by proposed power towers Kerrville – City Council voted Tuesday to oppose a route proposed by the contractor that calls for a 345-kilovolt line to track Interstate 10 through valuable parcels here,…

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April 2010 News Archive

  • April 30, 2010
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April 30, 2010 Workshop gives landowners new tool to control their properties’ future uses LCRA is sponsoring a free conservation easement workshop on Friday, May 14. Learn how conservation easements can help you plan ahead to conserve land, about the potential tax benefits of conservation easements, the role of land trust organizations in conservation easement agreements and more.Click here for details. April 27, 2010 Negotiating Transmission-line Easements in Lieu of Condemnation Save our Scenic Hill Country Environment (SOSHCE) will be…

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2010 Drought News

December 17, 2010 Central Texas in drought again Scarcely a year after one drought ended, another has gripped Central Texas. Parts or all of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties are in a severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a federally funded service that tracks conditions across the country. Read full Statesman.com article here. December 9, 2010 Experts fear Texas heading into another drought State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told the Houston Chronicle that continuing dry weather is likely…

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March 2010 News Archive

  • March 31, 2010
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March 30, 2010 EARIP and USFWS to hold a series of public meetings throughout the Hill Country The Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP) and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are seeking public input regarding the effects of certain actions on federally protected species associated with the Edwards Aquifer. The two entities will hold seven public meetings across the Edwards region in April. People are invited to attend the meetings to learn more about the EARIP activities…

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February 2010 News Archive

  • February 28, 2010
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February 28, 2010 State aims to make groundwater rules more uniform With just about every drop of river water already spoken for, suppliers, especially in Central Texas, are turning to underground water in counties to the east as the next big source. But they face a problem because groundwater districts, set up as individual fiefdoms meant to reflect local histories and philosophies about water and land use, have different permitting rules and sensibilities. Read full Statesman.com article here. February 24,…

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