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40 Million People Rely On The Colorado River. It’s Drying Up Fast.

40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It’s drying up fast.

On a 110-degree day several years ago, surrounded by piles of sand and rock in the desert outside Las Vegas, I stepped into a yellow cage large enough to fit three standing adults and was lowered 600 feet through a black hole into the ground. There, at the bottom, amid pooling water and dripping rock, was an enormous machine driving a cone-shaped drill bit into the earth. The machine was carving a cavernous, three-mile tunnel beneath the bottom of the…

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Texas Water Utilities Provide A Snapshot Of Financial Conditions And Prospects For Addressing Texas Water Infrastructure Needs In 2021 And 2022

Texas Water Utilities provide a snapshot of financial conditions and prospects for addressing Texas water infrastructure needs in 2021 and 2022

Recently, Water Opinions LLC teamed up with the Texas Water Infrastructure Network (TXWIN) for the second annual assessment of current and future Texas water infrastructure projects, financing, and other issues facing Texas water utilities. TXWIN distributed the survey to its members and recruited the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association, Texas Water Conservation Association, the Water Environment Association of Texas, the Texas Water Utilities Association, and the Texas Rural Water Association to distribute the survey to their members…

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Deal To Preserve Honey Creek Moves Forward With Texas Parks And Wildlife Approval

Deal to preserve Honey Creek moves forward with Texas Parks and Wildlife approval

A land deal that could forever preserve a pristine Hill Country stream north of San Antonio moved forward with approval from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioners. Commissioners on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of a land deal involving the department, the Nature Conservancy, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation that would preserve 515 acres at the headwaters of Honey Creek. The private ranch land intended for purchase lies upstream of Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural…

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Family’s Ranching Heritage At Stake In Inheritance Tax Battle

Family’s ranching heritage at stake in inheritance tax battle

At 84 years old, Melville Steubing has been involved in ranching since he could walk. And his family’s ranching heritage runs even deeper. From the first year his German immigrant ancestors set foot on Texas ground in the 1840s until today, there has never been a time when the Steubings were not involved in agriculture.   Read more from Jennifer Whitlock with Texas Farm Bureau here.

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Droughts Push More People To Migrate Than Floods

Droughts push more people to migrate than floods

After a year of extreme weather, people in the drylands of northern California and the hurricane-drenched bayous of southern Louisiana are brooding on the same question: should we leave? New global research suggests that one of these “water shock” scenarios is more likely to result in migration. World Bank researchers found that people are five times as likely to move following drought conditions as they are after floods or periods of excess water.   Read more from Brett Walton with…

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From The Toilet To The Sink: Water Recycling Battles Scarcity

From the toilet to the sink: water recycling battles scarcity

Would you take a swig of water from your faucet if it originally came from the sewer? Treating wastewater to put it back into public use can help against water crises around the world, according to the United Nations, though the practice has to overcome the "yuck" factor among the public. Wastewater that has been through a treatment plant is typically discharged into rivers.   Read more from Catherine Hours from Phys.org here.

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Six Texas Freshwater Mussels Proposed For Endangered Species Act Protection

Six Texas freshwater mussels proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

AUSTIN, Texas— Following litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect six species of Texas freshwater mussels under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also proposed designating 1,944 river miles as critical habitat for the mussels. The Texas pimpleback, Guadalupe orb, Texas fatmucket, Guadalupe fatmucket and false spike will be listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, while the Texas fawnsfoot will be classified as threatened. All six species inhabit…

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Look Out Napa Valley, Texas Hill Country Named Among Best Wine Regions In U.S.

Look out Napa Valley, Texas Hill Country named among best wine regions in U.S.

Where is the best place to swirl, sniff and sip wine in the United States? If you guessed Napa Valley, you haven’t been paying attention. The popular Northern California destination did not make the top 10 in the 2021 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards for best wine regions, but the Texas Hill Country did.   Read more about Texas's award-winning wine from Timothy Fanning with San Antonio Express-News here.

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TWA Announces Justin Dreibelbis As New Chief Executive Officer

TWA announces Justin Dreibelbis as new Chief Executive Officer

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Dreibelbis as Chief Executive Officer. Tom Vandivier, immediate Past President of TWA, organized the Search Committee that selected Dreibelbis.  According to Vandivier, “During the search process, the committee gave thoughtful consideration to a variety of candidates and is very pleased with its selection of Dreibelbis.  Justin brings background, skills and convictions that will be of great benefit to TWA.  We look forward to a bright future for TWA…

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