Tribpedia: Water Supply

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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 ...

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Where the Prop. 6 Votes Came From

Texas Weekly

Check out our interactive, county-by-county map of voter turnout and results on the creation of a new water fund from the state's Rainy Day Fund. You can also find voting shares and other stats from the 50 counties where the most votes were cast.

Facing Drought, Wichita Falls Bans Outdoor Watering

On Saturday, Wichita Falls will enter an unprecedented stage 4 of emergency drought response, which includes a total ban on outdoor watering and an internal audit of water consumption by local businesses. As local reservoirs dip to about 30 percent of their capacity, water quality has degraded to the point where residents say they can taste it. 

The Colorado River is shown east of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The capital city is almost entirely reliant on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water,
The Colorado River is shown east of Longhorn Dam in Austin. The capital city is almost entirely reliant on the Colorado River and its system of dammed reservoirs for water,

Expensive State Troubles and Thrifty Voters

Texas voters said yes to a big-ticket proposition for water projects and no to some other spending items, leaving a question for policymakers with a to-do list full of expensive problems: Is the public willing to go along? With no consistent message from voters, money is always politicians' biggest problem.

House Speaker Joe Straus at the Rattle Inn in Austin celebrating the passage of Proposition 6 on Nov. 5, 2013.
House Speaker Joe Straus at the Rattle Inn in Austin celebrating the passage of Proposition 6 on Nov. 5, 2013.

Texas Voters Approve Nine Constitutional Amendments

Texas voters addressed the state's fast growth and lingering drought Tuesday by approving a $2 billion water fund and eight other constitutional amendments in a low-turnout election. House Speaker Joe Straus was among the politicians who led the charge in support of Proposition 6.

State Rep Alan Ritter,l, Sen. Troy Fraser, Speaker Joe Straus and State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock celebrate the passage of Proposition 6 the water bill on November 5, 2013.
State Rep Alan Ritter,l, Sen. Troy Fraser, Speaker Joe Straus and State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock celebrate the passage of Proposition 6 the water bill on November 5, 2013.

Liveblog: Statewide Ballot Propositions Pass

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Nine amendments to the Texas Constitution passed easily on Tuesday, including measures that would fund water projects to address the drought and give military veterans and their spouses tax breaks in the event of death or injury. Find county-by-county results on our election map

Lilly pads in Stamford Lake, near Paint Creek, which was dug as a reservoir in the 1950s.
Lilly pads in Stamford Lake, near Paint Creek, which was dug as a reservoir in the 1950s.

With or Without $2 Billion, Water Woes Here to Stay

Hundreds of thousands of Texans have already cast ballots on Proposition 6 ahead of Election Day. But whether or not voters approve taking $2 billion from the state's savings account to use for water financing, Texas has a long way to go in dealing with its water deficit.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/21/13

M. Smith on wasted private tutoring efforts, Satija on government protection for the lesser prairie chicken, Root finds a new nest of Democratic trial lawyers, Malewitz finds a border skirmish featuring mollusks, Hamilton with the latest on politics at the University of Texas, Batheja on the link between vehicle traffic and bond ratings, Aguilar finds some promise in a juvenile justice program in Eagle Pass and Aaronson covers the court fight over new abortion regulations: The best of our best for the week of Oct. 21-25, 2013.

An orange circle on the floor of a raw water pump station on Lake Texoma indicates the state line between Texas and Oklahoma.
An orange circle on the floor of a raw water pump station on Lake Texoma indicates the state line between Texas and Oklahoma.

Texas and Oklahoma May Redraw the Border, Again

More than a dozen years ago, Texas and Oklahoma thought their centuries-long squabble over the states' 540-mile border was settled. Now, Texas is poised to reopen discussions about its border with Oklahoma after an episode involving a mollusk invasion, an idle water supply and a missing 74-year-old map.

 

A view downstream from the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Water from the Edwards Aquifer flows from San Marcos Springs into the San Marcos River.
A view downstream from the headwaters of the San Marcos River. Water from the Edwards Aquifer flows from San Marcos Springs into the San Marcos River.

Polling Center: In Vote, Opposition Isn't Overflowing

Political chatter about a grassroots uprising against the water funding measure on the November ballot appears to be overblown. Polling indicates a fair amount of Tea Party support for that constitutional amendment.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks with a reporter on Feb. 21, 2012, a month after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks with a reporter on Feb. 21, 2012, a month after dropping his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

Guest Column: Vote Yes on Prop 6 — We Need the Water

Texas Weekly

Our booming economy, rapidly-growing population and the drought that has plagued most of the state for years are combining to stress our ability to meet our water demands. If we do nothing to address these needs, we place at risk the health and well-being of future generations.

In New Ad, Nolan Ryan Pitches Prop 6

In a new television ad, Nolan Ryan, a former baseball pitcher and the CEO of the Texas Rangers, advocates for Proposition 6, a water financing measure that voters will decide on in November. "Proposition 6 will protect our lakes and streams and fund critical water projects," he says in the ad, which was produced by the Water Texas PAC, adding: "Don’t let the tap run dry. Protect our water supply." 

An official with Fort Worth's water department on steps that lead down to the Trinity River, where unreclaimed water from the wastewater treatment plant gets dumped.
An official with Fort Worth's water department on steps that lead down to the Trinity River, where unreclaimed water from the wastewater treatment plant gets dumped.

Reused Wastewater Key to Trinity River's Survival

By virtue of its proximity to three major Texas cities, nearly half of the state’s population relies on the Trinity River for some of its water needs. A wastewater reuse program in Dallas has helped maintain the river's flow during the ongoing drought, but future development plans along the river continue to spur debate.

Austin, TX
Austin, TX

Texas Law Exempts Hundreds of Dams From Inspection

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Aging dams have raised concerns that parts of the state may be ill equipped to deal with future flooding. But a law the Legislature passed this year has made it harder for the state to monitor many of those potentially hazardous dams. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said that dam owners still need to follow requirements for maintaining their dams under HB 677. In fact, the law frees dam owners from meeting TCEQ requirements. The TCEQ says they are simply still “responsible” for the maintenance and upkeep of their dams.

Trees that were once mostly submerged are now high and dry in the southwestern portion of O.H. Ivie Reservoir southeast of Ballinger Texas. The reservoir is less than 30 percent full, as of April 20 2011.
Trees that were once mostly submerged are now high and dry in the southwestern portion of O.H. Ivie Reservoir southeast of Ballinger Texas. The reservoir is less than 30 percent full, as of April 20 2011.

New Technology Takes Aim at Reservoir Evaporation

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Scientists say a new technology — involving a material derived from vegetable oil — could save billions of gallons of water from evaporation in Texas. But the technology has faced a rocky path to implementation. Read the full story at KUT News.

Children in Llano, Texas, can still swim in the town reservoir but due to low water levels can no longer jump off the dam.
Children in Llano, Texas, can still swim in the town reservoir but due to low water levels can no longer jump off the dam.

Aging Dams Stir Concern in Texas

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Despite a drought that continues to dry up the state's lakes and reservoirs, water experts have raised concerns about the quality of the state's 7,500 dams, many of which are in poor condition or are nearing the end of their life spans. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.