Depleting the Water, 15 minutes you shouldn’t miss

This Sunday’s 60 Minutes segment on Groundwater Depletion in California’s Central Valley explores California’s drought and the depletion of it’s Central Valley aquifer due to agricultural over-pumping. With dwindling reservoirs here in Central Texas and ever growing population projections, numerous proposals are under consideration to pump and pipe groundwater to the I-35 Corridor and beyond. What can the Hill Country learn from California’s “groundwater overdraft?”

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Texas Water Development Board adopts rules for SWIFT

  • November 7, 2014
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On November 6, 2014, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) adopted a set of rules needed for fully implementing SWIFT in the lone star state. These rules will determine how projects eligible for SWIFT will be prioritized for funding. Now that the rules are official, public water providers are encouraged to submit an abridged application as the first step to receiving funding. More from TWDB.

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San Antonio Approves Historic Water Project

Last week, the San Antonio City Council “unanimously voted in front of a packed chamber to approve a controversial pipeline that would bring in groundwater from 142 miles away. The $3.4 billion project would pipe in 16 billion gallons of water each year from Central Texas’ Burleson County.” Read the full story as well as related stories leading up to this vote in the Texas Tribune.

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State water fund rules a big deal

  • July 23, 2014
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The rules are a big deal. They’ll help decide how billions of dollars are spent, or misspent, in the coming decades to help Texas meet its growing demand for water. If we get them right, they can help guide state and regional water officials to craft a more balanced water future that sustainably meets communities’ water needs while taking care to protect our natural resources, including our rivers, bays and aquifers, and the wildlife, recreationalists and businesses which depend on…

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Conservation Groups Encourage Input on State Water Funding Rules

  • July 18, 2014
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Public Comment Period Underway, Public Hearings Begin July 24 in San Antonio July 18, 2014 Austin)—The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has proposed agency rules to govern the use of a new state water project fund approved by voters last November with the passage of Proposition 6. State conservation groups are encouraging Texans to take the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed rules. Hearings on the rules begin next Thursday, July 24 in San Antonio, with additional public…

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Texas Tribune Q&A with Karen Ford

  • July 15, 2014
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“There are two schools of thought. One is we are not going to build our way out of this, and I’ve heard other people say we’re not going to conserve our way out of this. I have to take issue. I think we really are going to have to adopt as a citizenry a new water ethic in the way we think about and use water. And the way we look at our landscapes. And the way we value our…

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Water Planners Focus on Bigger Texas, Not a Hotter One

  • July 14, 2014
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After Texans overwhelmingly approved spending $2 billion in public funds on new water infrastructure projects last November, Republicans and Democrats alike hailed the state’s ability to solve its water woes in the wake of explosive growth and debilitating drought. But as state water planners prepare to spend that money and address Texas’ water needs in the coming decades, they are only planning for a bigger Texas — not a hotter one. More from the Texas Tribune.

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Guarding San Antonio’s Eternal Water Future

“The path to a secure water future – and thus, our economic prosperity – was largely written when this area was first settled over the Edwards Aquifer centuries ago. Sound planning will be necessary to ensure clean and abundant water for generations to come and to maintain the aquifer as a primary strategic economic and environmental asset.” Read more from San Antonio Councilman Ron Nirenberg published in the Rivard Report.

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Environmental and economic protection through water supply development

May 22, 2014 Tom Hegemier, Central Texas Land Water Sustainability Forum  Recent rainfall in Austin delivered more water to the Gulf, but little to lakes Travis and Buchanan, the area’s water supply reservoirs. With near average rainfall the last two years and the lakes continuing to fall, a historic flood or an extremely wet year is necessary to replenish central Texas water supplies and avoid the unthinkable. Ongoing dry conditions could force LCRA in July to declare a new drought…

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