Ahead of the curve

Hill Country stakeholders proactively create Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan. Composed of the North and South Llano rivers, the Upper Llano River is known as a Hill Country treasure. Its near-pristine flows provide a healthy ecosystem supporting a variety of aquatic communities and numerous recreational opportunities. To sustain the river’s pristine condition, local stakeholders partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), soil and water conservation districts, groundwater conservation districts, Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station, Texas Water Resource…

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Five large cities invest in upstream conservation to improve water quality for their residents

Five large cities invest in upstream conservation to improve water quality for their residents

  • September 25, 2017
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Since 2007, urban areas have been home to more than half the global population—a proportion that is expected to rise. Growing cities are putting pressure on the lakes and rivers on which they depend for water. But the needs of nature don’t have to be in conflict with human needs. By funding conservation projects upstream, cities around the world are finding that they can protect the natural environment and ensure they have clean, reliable water supplies. The approach starts with addressing…

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Over 200 drinking water systems affected by Harvey still shut or impaired -U.S.regulators

Over 200 drinking water systems affected by Harvey still shut or impaired -U.S.regulators

  • September 9, 2017
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More than 200 drinking water systems out of 2,238 affected by Tropical Storm Harvey are still shut or have notices for customers to boil water, state and federal regulators said on Saturday. An additional 101 systems are still being contacted to “gather updated information of their status,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said in a joint statement. Tropical Storm Harvey brought several feet of rain over a period of several days along Texas’s Gulf…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

  • September 5, 2017
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Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.  The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled…

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Photographer turns lens on our ‘complex, disconnected’ relationship with water

Photographer turns lens on our ‘complex, disconnected’ relationship with water

Mustafah Abdulaziz is a former Wall Street Journal photographer who left the media world to pursue a global, 15-year project exploring our “complex” relationship with water. He has visited 11 countries — including Brazil, China, Nigeria, India and Pakistan — to highlight how water is both a source of life and struggle for communities. “I see pollution into the natural world, I see misuse of our resources,” he told News Breakfast… Read more from ABC News

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150K gallons of wastewater spills in Llano due to flash flooding

150K gallons of wastewater spills in Llano due to flash flooding

  • August 9, 2017
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Around 150,000 gallons of wastewater spilled into Oatman Creek, about 150 yards from the Llano River. The wastewater spilled from the city’s wastewater collection system starting around 7 a.m. Monday. At around 4 p.m. Tuesday, crews diverted the wastewater into a temporary holding tank and shut down the damaged sewer line leaking into the creek. Once water levels are down, crews will be able to gain access to the damaged pipe and make permanent repairs. The Texas Commission on Environmental…

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Creek health demands action

Creek health demands action

A stream of problems with aquatic invasive species was the topic at the Hill Country University Center last Thursday during the final Texas Water Symposium of the 2016-2017 series. The free symposium — a partnership project of Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance — considered potential costs of invasive species to native wildlife and infrastructure, approaching threats, and the most effective ways for Hill Country boaters, ranchers and landowners to protect waterways. “Invasions…

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In Hays County, water fight springs anew

In Hays County, water fight springs anew

Two years after expanding the reach of an Austin-area groundwater district to regulate pumping in Hays County, lawmakers are considering measures that would water down oversight. The measures appear to favor Greg LaMantia — a politically connected South Texas beer distributor and owner of the 5,000-acre Needmore Ranch east of Wimberley — who unsuccessfully fought efforts in the last legislative session to expand the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Groundwater Conservation District. LaMantia, whose property is also in the territory of the…

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What is the Future of Water in Texas?

What is the Future of Water in Texas?

LISTEN: State Representative Lyle Larson from San Antonio joins Robert Puente, President and CEO of San Antonio Water System; Blair Calvert Fitzsimons, CEO of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust; and Meredith Miller, Senior Programs Coordinator for The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment to discuss the future of Texas water on TPR’s The Source. As the state legislative session rolls on, water is never far off the agenda. State Representative Lyle Larson from San Antonio says water will be his…

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