Year in Review: Environment

2013 was a tough year for the environment in Texas, as the debilitating drought persisted in nearly half the state, leaving cities scrambling to acquire new water supplies or enact historic water conservation measures.

The drought also received significant legislative attention in 2013, with state lawmakers overhauling the Texas Water Development Board and providing funding for water infrastructure projects in the only way Republicans would allow — by getting voters to approve a constitutional amendment taking money from the Rainy Day Fund.

The state's oil and gas boom continued to accelerate in 2013, raising questions about safety and negative impacts ...

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