Population growth and several droughts in the late 1990s and early 2000s led to more concern over Texas's water supply. Debate over the issue typically finds landowners on one side, environmentalists on the other. Environmental groups support restrictions on water pumping and water use, because droughts proved the risk of a low water supply, and because of the risk ...
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: Texas is losing more rural land than any other state, the cost of water is rising and an interview with Kent Satterwhite, general manager of the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority.Full Story
Texas endured the worst drought in recorded state history in 2011 and has yet to bounce back. Some of the state's reservoirs are getting so low they are close to setting records: Lake Travis' water level sits at 622 feet above sea level, only eight feet above the record low set in 1951. Our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.Full Story
Hundreds of Texas landowners have already agreed to sell their groundwater for a number of projects to supply growing cities — like San Antonio and Austin — with water. But other landowners worry that selling such rights will hurt the local sustainability of a finite resource.Full Story
Water and sewer bills are going up substantially across Texas and in many other places around the country as utilities struggle to maintain aging infrastructure, deal with drought or come to grips with the rising costs of a scarce resource while searching for new supplies.Full Story
A sad chapter was marked Wednesday in the story of Ebola in Texas with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who flew to Dallas to join family only to be diagnosed with the deadly disease after arriving.Full Story
At a San Antonio City Council hearing on a $3.4 billion contract that would pipe 16 billion gallons of water a year into the city, residents called for more time before a vote to buy some of the most expensive water ever sold in Texas.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: San Antonio takes another step in pipeline project, baby wipes make mess in sewer pipes and an interview with Ron Nirenberg, San Antonio city councilman.Full Story
Thirteen sparsely populated Permian Basin counties are considering a water company's plan to secure groundwater for the region from Val Verde County, hundreds of miles south of the region. But some say such endeavors can hurt the ecosystem of the region losing water.Full Story
UPDATED: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality voted Wednesday to refer protests over the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Reservoir in northeast Texas to the State Office of Administrative Hearings. The proposed reservoir could be one of the last to be built in the state in the coming decades.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: rains fall on Central Texas, a new plan is in place to manage water from the Highland Lakes and an interview with Jennifer Walker of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.Full Story
The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a new plan on Wednesday to manage the Colorado River and its reservoirs, known as the Highland Lakes. Cities and environmental advocates were happy with the plan, but some coastal farmers expressed disappointment.
As drought continues to grip Central Texas, those looking to provide water to the region’s fast-growing cities and suburbs see a solution in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, which they say has enough water to support growth for centuries in the area. But others fear the resource will be drained at their expense.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: Austin looks at repurposing a lake to expand its water supply, the U.S. House acts to stop an EPA water rule and an interview with Sharlene Leurig of the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Program at Ceres.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: lots of talk about proposed water pipeline deal in San Antonio, extra monitoring of Comal Springs and an interview with Amy Hardberger, a water law professor at St. Mary's School of Law.Full Story
San Antonio's water utility is negotiating to eventually pipe in 16 billion gallons of water a year from Burleson County in Central Texas. Officials say the plan is key to securing future water needs, but several questions about the proposal remain unanswered.Full Story
As cities across Texas continue to spread out, water suppliers and local governments are faced with the question of who should pay for building the infrastructure needed to handle the growth. In the past year, several cities have started to rely raising one-time water impact fees charged to developers.Full Story
Water systems in the Panhandle and South Plains last week started drawing water from a once-empty lake that is now just over 4 percent full. It's a sign of just how strapped the region is for water supplies. With both surface water and groundwater in peril, the region may be forced to rely more on rainfall for agricultural needs.Full Story
In an unexpected move, the Texas Water Development Board on Thursday punted a final decision on the controversial Marvin Nichols Reservoir a few months down the road.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: A Robert Redford-narrated documentary on a pulse flow out West, tracking water thieves at Lake Travis and an interview with Jim Blackburn of Blackburn Carter PC.Full Story
More than 310 public drinking water systems in Texas have quality issues that have not been adequately addressed, the Environmental Protection Agency told the state in recent correspondence obtained by the Tribune. TCEQ officials say that the federal estimate is outdated and that the agency has dramatically stepped up enforcement related to the issue.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: The Disappearing Rio Grande project, reckoning with water shortages and an interview with Karen Ford of WaterPR.Full Story
As state water planners prepare to spend $2 billion in public funds to address Texas’ water needs in the coming decades, scientists say that state leaders' skepticism on climate change will only impair such planning. The scientists say higher temperatures due to global warming are already diminishing water resources.Full Story
Dow Chemical's struggles to secure enough water supplies for its growing operations in Texas have sparked concerns about whether the state's diminishing natural resources can accommodate its exploding population and economy. Critics, including Dow, say Texas is falling behind in planning properly for its water future.Full Story
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: the Lege talks watershed protections, Prop 6 funding system announced and an interview with Blair Fitzsimons of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust.Full Story
State and local water planning agencies in Texas and across the drought-stricken West were handed a narrow victory by federal judges on Monday, vindicating their decisions to supply more water to cities and industries at the potential expense of endangered wildlife.
In this week's edition of the Trib+Water newsletter: LCRA talks water rates, water conservation discussed in North Texas and California and an interview with Martin Rochelle of Lloyd Gosselink.Full Story