August 2013 News Archive

  • August 31, 2013
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August 29, 2013 Texas Groundwater Districts Face Bevy of Challenges As groundwater managers from across the state met recently to discuss the numerous challenges they face, talk of legislative changes to water financing and a campaign to convince voters to allow more of it was eclipsed by more pressing issues. Details August 28, 2013 Austin lawn incentive Austin may not be quite as eager as Los Angeles to have homeowners rip out their St. Augustine, but the Texas capital is…

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July 2013 News Archive

  • July 31, 2013
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July 24, 2013 Texas Drought Forecast to Continue, Perhaps For Years National meteorologists expect the drought to continue or worsen through late summer and early fall in Texas, and ocean patterns are troublingly similar to those during the “drought of record” in the 1950s. More from State Impact. Texas Community Without Water Still Waiting For a Solution Early last year, Spicewood Beach became the first Texas town to run out of water during the current drought. Since then, the Lower…

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June 2013 News Archive

  • June 30, 2013
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June 25, 2013 How dry we are Thanks to the drought and Texas’ unprecedented population growth, the race is on across the state for new water supplies. Even San Antonio, the poster child for water conservation, is eyeing Val Verde County, a Wild West territory where groundwater is plentiful and regulation nonexistent. Read more from Sharlene Leurig, published in Texas Monthly. June 24, 2013 Hays County Neighbors are outraged over sports complex lighting “Remember that Hays County has very limited…

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May 2013 News Archive

May 31, 2013 Texas rainwater harvesting at a crossroads – a town hall meeting, June 15 H.B. 2062 as introduced could have set rainwater harvesting back ten years. But because of the dedicated work of a small group of rainwater professionals, the worst of H.B. 2062 (for the rainwater community) appears to have been struck. Next time could be different – very different, and very bad. A forum has been scheduled to begin organizing for effective, pro-active, rainwater harvesting advocacy…

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2013 Drought news

September 29, 2013 Running Dry Express-News staff photographer Bob Owen and staff writer Richard Oliver traveled the state from May through September to tell the stories of people whose lives have been changed by the drought. Read the four-part series. July 24, 2013 Texas Drought Forecast to Continue, Perhaps For Years National meteorologists expect the drought to continue or worsen through late summer and early fall in Texas, and ocean patterns are troublingly similar to those during the “drought of record”…

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April 2013 News Archive

  • April 30, 2013
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April 30, 2013 Fiesta on the San Antonio River’s ‘Garbage Reach’ “This year, sadly, the lasting image of Fiesta’s final day for me will be the storm-washed litter that destroyed any sense of civic pride that I or anyone else in this city should feel today for the reborn Mission Reach of the San Antonio River.” Bob Rivard’s story makes a compelling case for the Texas Bottle Bill. Read the Rivard Report here. Funding Available for Landowners The Texas Landowner…

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March 2013 News Archive

  • March 31, 2013
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March 30, 2013 UGRA: River quality in better shape Water quality in the local Guadalupe River watershed improved last year, according to a recent report by the Upper Guadalupe River Authority. Although 2012 was drier than ideal, a few rainfalls produced beneficial flooding, said Tara Bushnoe, UGRA natural resources coordinator. Read More March 27, 2013 The Future of the Hill Country HCA’s David Baker will be part of panel tomorrow (Thursday) hosted by the Hill Country Conservancy focused on developmental…

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February 2013 News Archive

  • February 28, 2013
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February 26, 2013 Leurig: Conservation is conservative approach to solving Texas water problems Testimony to the drought of 2011 is still all around us — dried-up reservoirs in West Texas, purposeless docks on the parched Pedernales River. On the heels of the drought, the idea of seeding a fund to meet the next 50 years of Texas’ water supply needs is a hard idea to pass up. But before we pluck that money from the state’s rainy day fund, let’s…

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves EARIP Habitat Conservation Plan

“Approval of the EARIP’s HCP marks a significant conservation achievement for the Edwards Aquifer Region,” stated Southwest Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle. “The organizations and individuals involved in the development of the HCP clearly demonstrated that it is possible to come together and develop a consensus based solution to a very complex water issue in Texas.” Read More

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