Farmers are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer because the government pays them to do i

Farmers are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer because the government pays them to do i

A slow-moving crisis threatens the U.S. Central Plains, which grow a quarter of the nation’s crops. Underground, the region’s lifeblood – water – is disappearing, placing one of the world’s major food-producing regions at risk. The Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer is one of the world’s largest groundwater sources, extending from South Dakota down through the Texas Panhandle across portions of eight states. Its water supports US$35 billion in crop production each year. Read more from Matthew R Sanderson, Burke Griggs, and…

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The year Barton Springs was almost destroyed

The year Barton Springs was almost destroyed

It was the Indigenous tribes that first realized Barton Springs’ sacredness. The Great Spirit, they believed, cast a rainbow of prismatic light above the creek’s holy water. These days, the springs remain one of the city’s most cherished spots. And yet, it was nearly dashed away in 1990, when a land developer set out to build one of the most aggressive urban planning endeavors in Austin history. Read more from Rosie Ninesling with Austin Monthly here.

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SwRI researchers evaluate impact of wastewater systems on Edwards Aquifer

SwRI researchers evaluate impact of wastewater systems on Edwards Aquifer

Southwest Research Institute developed an integrated hydrologic computer model to evaluate the impact of different types of wastewater disposal facilities on the Edwards Aquifer, the primary water source for San Antonio and its surrounding communities. The research results will guide authorities on what actions to take to protect the quality and quantity of water entering the aquifer. Read more from EurekAlert here.

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City, developers fight over effluent discharge rights

City, developers fight over effluent discharge rights

  • November 17, 2020
  • News

Big changes are coming along the San Marcos River downstream from the city. FM 110, initially envisioned as an eastern loop around San Marcos, is now going in between Staples Road and SH 80, with the San Marcos River bridge currently under construction. When finished, the new road will stretch from SH 123 north to Yarrington Road near Kyle, where it will join Interstate 35. As it does, it will open up a lot of previously inaccessible acreage. Read more…

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TGR Board seeks to fill two board slots

TGR Board seeks to fill two board slots

The Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District (TGR) was created for the purpose of conserving, preserving, recharging, protecting and preventing waste of groundwater from the Trinity Aquifer within the District. TGR is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. Its mission is to conserve and protect the Trinity Group of Aquifers within the District using sound science, best management practices, community involvement and peer partnerships to preserve the resource for future generations. ​ TGR is seeking interested persons for…

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Can Texas stop its taps running dry?

Can Texas stop its taps running dry?

In many ways, the story of Texas over the last century is the state’s devout allegiance to the principle that mankind has dominion over nature. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down that idea in 2020. By 11 October, nearly 800,000 people had been infected in Texas and over 16,000 died. The sharp and irrepressible rise in virus cases and mortality adds to the intensifying view among Texans that far from living in a place distant from the vagaries of nature, Texas…

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Utility puts off settling lawsuit amid uproar

Utility puts off settling lawsuit amid uproar

After hearing complaints from environmentalists and residents of Hamilton Pool Road at their meeting Thursday, the board of directors of the West Travis County Public Utility Agency decided to postpone a formal settlement of a lawsuit filed against the board of the utility by the developer Provence and two property owners. News of the proposed settlement was first reported in The Austin Independent. Read more from Jo Clifton with Austin Monitor here.

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Blue Hole Primary School begins collecting awards

Blue Hole Primary School begins collecting awards

Blue Hole Primary School in Wimberley has just been open since August, and the honors have already begun to roll in. The architecture firm of O’Connell Robertson and engineering firm MEP say it has won the 2020 Rain Catcher Award from the Texas Water Development Board and the school, the first One Water School in Texas, has already inspired more One Water initiatives within the region. Read more from Anita Miller with Hays Free Press News-Dispatch here.

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Lawmaker hears from a concerned public

Lawmaker hears from a concerned public

The town hall meeting concept took on a new form and focus on October 1st when Texas state Rep. Terry Wilson hosted a Zoom video conference to take public comment on Aggregate Production Operations (APOs). As Chair of the House Interim Committee on APOs, Wilson wanted to hear from the public on this final day of a three-day event. The two previous days were taken up by speakers representing the industry and community groups. APOs can include quarries, rock crushers…

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Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation rejects wholesale water contract from Electro Purification, but invites revised version

Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation rejects wholesale water contract from Electro Purification, but invites revised version

The Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (DSWSC) called a special meeting on October 12, 2020, to consider a wholesale water contract with Electro Purification, LLC (EP). Prior to taking up the agenda item, Hays County Commissioners Lon Shell and Walt Smith, past Hays County Commissioner Will Conley, and Adam Friedman, attorney for Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA), offered public comments to the DSWSC Board opposing DSWSC entering into the contract. The comments apprised the DSWSC that available science demonstrates…

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