Louisiana may sell water to drought-stricken Texas

Hit by drought after drought, Texas is so parched that it’s asking its neighbors if they have any water to spare. Louisiana’s response: maybe, but it’ll cost you. This week, the state Water Resources Commission approved the formation of a group to study the idea of selling water to Texas and other states, possibly cashing in on another natural resource — along with oil, gas and fisheries – that Louisiana has in abundance. “The state only has a handful of…

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TPWD Announces Opening of Guadalupe River Fishing Leases

TPWD Announces Opening of Guadalupe River Fishing Leases

  • December 8, 2017
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The Canyon Reservoir Tailrace, located below Canyon Reservoir on the Guadalupe River, is considered one of the top trout fishing destinations in the United States. To help anglers access the river during the peak of the cool-weather trout fishing season, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has leased four access areas from private landowners starting the first week of December. “This portion of the Guadalupe River is a very popular trout fishery and is likely the most fished reach of…

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New Census Data Shows SA’s Population Growth Rate Beating Dallas, Houston

New Census Data Shows SA’s Population Growth Rate Beating Dallas, Houston

  • December 8, 2017
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San Antonio’s population increased by about 10 percent since 2011 to 1,439,358, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday. The city’s growth is second to Austin (16.1 percent), but outpaces that of Houston (7.2 percent) and Dallas (6.8 percent) over the same time period. “It’s a little bit slower growth,” said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who compared the figure relative to the State Demographer’s projections of about…

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Texas Has An Epic Story To Tell About Water Conservation

Texas Has An Epic Story To Tell About Water Conservation

  • December 8, 2017
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Texans are making tremendous progress on conserving water. In fact, in the municipal sector (composed of residential, institutional, industrial, and commercial water use) cities across Texas are using 21 percent less water than we were in 2000. One of the methods used to track water use is to calculate how much water is used per person each day, or gallons per capita per day (GPCD). Each Texas community tracks this data. Using this information, which is collected by the Texas…

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SA water company to quench development thirst with Hill Country pipeline

SA water company to quench development thirst with Hill Country pipeline

By next fall, there will be a new water pipeline running from Bexar County to Comal and Kendal counties in an effort to lay the groundwork for new developments between San Antonio and Austin. Texas Water Supply Company LLC, a San Antonio-based wholesale business that already sells potable water to the San Antonio Water System, has plans for another cluster of wells near U.S. Highway 281 a few miles south of the Comal County line. Texas Water Supply Company expects to pump…

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Challenges of Rapid Growth

Challenges of Rapid Growth

  • December 5, 2017
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What happens when an area known for its natural beauty and resources experiences rapid population growth? Executive Director, Katherine Romans, joins the Mothering Earth podcast for a discussion on the unique challenges of balancing growth with natural resource protection in the Texas Hill Country. Listen to the full podcast from Mothering Earth here

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Why a conservative Republican from northern Minnesota wants to kill the suburbs

Why a conservative Republican from northern Minnesota wants to kill the suburbs

  • December 2, 2017
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Charles Marohn’s professional epiphany came with equal doses of clarity and guilt. The University of Minnesota-trained civil engineer had once been proud of a project he helped build in Remer, a town of a few hundred people between Brainerd and Grand Rapids. A sewer line that ran beneath a highway had been damaged, but the small town couldn’t afford the fix, and state and federal government agencies couldn’t be bothered with a grant request so small. So Marohn got creative:…

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