Price of Water 2016: Up 5 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 48 Percent Increase Since 2010

Price of Water 2016: Up 5 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 48 Percent Increase Since 2010

America’s water systems were built to last. Philadelphia is one of the older cities on the Atlantic Coast and Northeast that still use pipes that were installed before the Civil War. The pipes have held up remarkably well over 160 years. But without new parts and maintenance these systems will not last forever. The repair bill has come due and water prices are increasing to pay for it. The price of water rose 5 percent last year, according to Circle…

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The Meadows Center Appoints Carlos Rubinstein as Advisor to its Programs

The Meadows Center Appoints Carlos Rubinstein as Advisor to its Programs

Carlos Rubinstein, an expert in water resources with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, will help guide water sustainability efforts as an advisor to The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, officials announced at a recent stakeholder workshop. “Texas State is committed to preserving our state’s water resources, and the added expertise of Mr. Rubinstein will help The Meadows Center fulfill its role as a principal contributor to water…

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Share Water: The Other U.S.-Mexico Border Issue

When determining borders, a river is often the clearest delineation between sovereign nations. But that clarity abruptly ends when countries must decide how to use the water that the river provides. Even managing rivers that do not determine borders, but rather travel through multiple countries, is precarious at best. The Rio Grande, which partly establishes the U.S.-Mexico border, is no exception. It has been and will continue to be vital to economic growth in the region, especially in Mexico, where the…

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SAWS drops plan to secure state loan for Vista Ridge pipeline

The San Antonio Water System has decided not to apply for a low-interest state loan to finance part of its work on the Vista Ridge pipeline project. Many people following the proposed 142-mile water pipeline from Burleson County expected SAWS to file a full application for a $127 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, or SWIFT, program. The loan would have financed construction and equipment to integrate the pipeline into…

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Water conservation is a big deal in Texas. How did your utility score?

Water conservation is a big deal in Texas. How did your utility score?

Texas has received high marks for our state’s laws and policies on water conservation. That positive recognition is deserved even though there is more the Lone Star State could do to advance conservation. But the real question is what’s happening “on the ground?” Are water utilities meeting the State’s legal requirements on conservation? Are these “municipal” water suppliers making their best efforts to reduce per capita water use, and thus save water and money for Texans? Those are the questions…

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Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to Enhance and Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to Enhance and Restore Monarch Butterfly Habitat

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) is working in cooperation with 143 soil and water conservation districts located in Texas to enhance and restore the Monarch Butterfly habitat. It is estimated that over the past 20 years the Monarch population has declined from 1 billion to less than 60 million due to a number of factors. One of the most prominent factors that has contributed to this steep population decline is the loss of habitat and food…

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May 18 in Junction: Texas Water Symposium – Economic and Conservation Perspectives on Protected Species

May 18 in Junction: Texas Water Symposium – Economic and Conservation Perspectives on Protected Species

The second Texas Water Symposium of 2016 has been set for May 18th at the Llano River Field Station at Texas Tech University in Junction.  The program will feature a conversation between leading biology experts about endangered species on the Hill Country’s rivers. The symposium, “Economic and Conservation Perspectives on Protected Species: If you can’t cook ‘em, eat ‘em or shoot ‘em, what the heck good are they?”  will take place from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, May…

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How Texas can grow with grace

How Texas can grow with grace

Texas is often thought of in terms of its wide-open spaces and rustic sensibility, but as Bob Dylan so famously said, the times, they are a-changin’. The Lone Star State has become increasingly urbanized over the past few decades — nearly 90 percent of our 26 million people now live in a metropolitan area. Nowhere is that more relevant than the “Texas Triangle,” the 60,000-square mile region encompassed by Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. Three-quarters of Texans live within…

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Bexar County to Consider $1.2 Million for Confluence Park

Bexar County to Consider $1.2 Million for Confluence Park

Bexar County Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez is lobbying his colleagues on the Commissioners Court to include $1.2 million in next year’s County budget for Confluence Park, a “living classroom” that broke ground Wednesday morning in his Southside precinct on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River. “It might be coming,” Rodriguez told the large crowd gathered on the empty lot at 310 W. Mitchell St. where the $10 million, three-acre park will be built. “We’re working on another vote.” The Commission…

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Will the song of a single bird delay an Austin highway?

Will the song of a single bird delay an Austin highway?

The song of a single endangered bird, detected by Austin biologists in April, could spell a years-long delay for a major Southwest Austin highway project. The builders of the proposed Texas 45 Southwest had reported as recently as last year that no golden-cheeked warblers were to be found along the toll road’s would-be path. But the proposed highway route skirts some choice warbler habitat, and last month city of Austin biologists reported that they heard — and later saw —…

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