Along Salty Red River, Communities Seek Feds' Help

Russell Schreiber, the director of public works for Wichita Falls, has a one-track mind these days.

“I go to bed thinking about how we can shore up our water supply, and I wake up trying to do it,” he said.

Take a quick glance at the dwindling, increasingly murky waters of Lakes Arrowhead, Kickapoo and Kemp — the city’s major drinking water sources, whose levels hover near or below 30 percent — and it is easy to understand Schreiber’s narrow focus. Water is hard to come by in Wichita Falls, which sits in a pocket of Texas that is gripped ...

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