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Controversial Water Report To Get Peer Review

Controversial Water Report to Get Peer Review

Calvin Finch, the lead author of what has become a controversial report on long-term water management and conservation in San Antonio and Fair Oaks Ranch, stands by his work. His still-unreleased report has become the talk of the water community, even if only a handful of people have read it. Finch said he submitted his team’s final draft of the document on Monday to the City’sPlanning and Community Development Department and Texas A&M’s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR). Meanwhile, some reports indicate his name…

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Vista Ridge Study Making San Antonio Headlines

Vista Ridge study making San Antonio headlines

“City has suppressed controversial water report…Report slams pricey water project City has kept it hidden despite coming vote on SAWS rates,”  “Lead writer of water study replaced,”  “Puente: Water policy study a ‘joke’...SAWS boss tears into water policy study" and "Another water report goes missing." These stories by Brian Chasnoff at the San Antonio Express News, along with the study itself are worth your time. Water Policy Study in draft form dated September 22nd   City has suppressed controversial water…

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Environmental Group Opposes State Water Grid

Environmental group opposes state water grid

The state's largest environmental group is voicing strong opposition to a proposed study of a state water grid — a network that would distribute water across the vast and often dry expanses of the Lone Star State. Proponents of the idea say a study is needed to cope with a drought-ridden future in which the state will struggle to supply a growing population. They say it would be a part of a larger strategy to correct inefficiencies in water planning…

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Hill Country Residents Are Encouraged To Participate In Regional Water Planning

Hill Country residents are encouraged to participate in Regional Water Planning

Hill Country regional planning groups have completed drafts of their portions of the 2017 State Water Plan, and now is the time to review and make public comments.   These plans are essentially lists of water supply strategies intended to accommodate growth projections (demand). The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) has submitted detailed comments and we encourage others to participate in this important process.   Hill Country residents are encouraged to participate in Regional Water Planning Water planning in Texas is…

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The Best Time To Plan For Drought Is When We Aren’t In One

The best time to plan for drought is when we aren’t in one

Drought is nothing new to Texans; it is frequent and inevitable. Across much of Texas the end of the current drought is being declared—soil moisture levels are nearing normal and ephemeral rivers are flowing again—while other portions of the state are already on the verge of slipping back into drought conditions despite recent rains. This reprieve from drought is a most welcome relief, yet we can be certain there is another drought around the corner. Drought, unlike a hurricane or…

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Three SWIFT Projects Funded In The Texas Hill Country

Three SWIFT projects funded in the Texas Hill Country

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The inaugural round of SWIFT financing will be distributed to 21 applicants for approximately $1 billion in projects in the first year and approximately $3.9 billion total over the next decade. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) recently approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The inaugural round…

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The Connecting Thread

The Connecting Thread

The behavior of water on and beneath private land is the key to preserving water for Texans in the 21st century and into the 22nd, a grand challenge that is uniquely Texan. Other western states have urban populations far removed from their water sources, but that’s where the similarities end. In California, Colorado, New Mexico and their western neighbors, water starts as snow in mountain ranges on federal lands, and is piped to distant cities through massive infrastructure managed by…

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Are We “overestimating” Our Resources?

Are we “overestimating” our resources?

It’s often said that many of our aquifers and rivers are already over-allocated in Texas. In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide. As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists. This miscalculation — and the…

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Water Legislation Recap From Environment Texas

Water Legislation recap from Environment Texas

"On June 1st, the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature came to a close. The session was not great for the environment overall, but water legislation fared a bit better. Yet for every good bill that passed there seemed to be a bad bill passed, or a good bill that died. Loopholes were closed to bring regulatory oversight to a huge new well project in Hays County and use of recycled water (sometimes referred to as graywater) was expanded, while…

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Texas Planners Look To Aquifers To Prepare For Next Drought

Texas planners look to aquifers to prepare for next drought

The torrential storms of last month essentially ended one of Texas’ worst droughts, but much of the excess water has already flowed into the Gulf of Mexico or will evaporate by year’s end. With a wary eye toward the next prolonged dry-streak that inevitably will come, some think expanding the use of underground aquifers may help slake the thirst of Texas’ rapidly growing population. Three trillion gallons of water gushed from swollen Texas rivers into the Gulf of Mexico in…

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