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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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

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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.

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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.

Campaign Finance Analyzer — Water Texas PAC

Well over half of the money raised so far by a political action committee promoting a water funding initiative in Texas came from heavy contractors, Dow Chemical Co. and Energy Future Holdings/Luminant, according to a report filed this week with the Texas Ethics Commission. Use our analyzer to take a closer look at the Water Texas PAC.

Christopher J. Churchill, a biologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey, displays several zebra mussels found along the shoreline of Lake Ray Roberts, near Sanger, Texas, Jul. 18, 2013.
Christopher J. Churchill, a biologist for the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Geological Survey, displays several zebra mussels found along the shoreline of Lake Ray Roberts, near Sanger, Texas, Jul. 18, 2013.

Zebra Mussels Threaten Central Texas Reservoirs

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Belton Lake. After watching other Texas regions battle the mussels, experts are concerned the species could jeopardize the water supply in Central Texas. 

The Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, during the summer drought of 2011. At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board said that water availability models in the state will have to change, though he didn't say whether the state would look directly at possible effects of climate change in the planning.
The Brazos River runs dry in Knox County, Texas, during the summer drought of 2011. At the 2013 Texas Tribune Festival, the chairman of the Texas Water Development Board said that water availability models in the state will have to change, though he didn't say whether the state would look directly at possible effects of climate change in the planning.

Week Reveals Gap Remains Regarding Climate Change

Days after scientists unveiled a report predicting serious consequences tied to global warming, state officials debated whether the phenomenon is human-induced and whether they can do anything about it.

 

 

 

Glenn and JoLynn Bragg invested in growing pecans in Hondo, Texas, before groundwater pumping regulations existed there. A recent landmark court decision found that the regulations resulted in a violation of their property rights.
Glenn and JoLynn Bragg invested in growing pecans in Hondo, Texas, before groundwater pumping regulations existed there. A recent landmark court decision found that the regulations resulted in a violation of their property rights.

Lawyers, Policy Experts Weigh In on Groundwater Case

A Texas appeals court recently found that the Edwards Aquifer Authority violated a landowner's property rights in regard to groundwater. Use this document with annotations from lawyers and policy experts for a closer look at the ruling.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/16/13

M. Smith drops in on state textbook hearings, E. Smith interviews Tom Pauken, Satija on water rationing along the Colorado River, Root probes Dan Patrick’s unexpected investment, KUT’s Philpott sorts out clinic closings, Murphy maps the latest census data, MacLaggan on a welcome turn in poverty, Malewitz finds a race for energy efficiency, Hamilton reports on better grades for Sul Ross, Grissom on bad grades for the death penalty, Batheja on Debra Medina’s dilemma, Aguilar on the glum forecast for immigration reform and Aaronson looks at the latest hurdle for Obamacare: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013.

Houston Voters Will Have Big Say on State Water Plan

Voters in Houston, where the lawns are greener and the water restrictions are still voluntary, will have an outsize impact on November's constitutional amendment on water. They could account for one-third of the votes — and advocates for spending $1.1 billion for statewide water projects fear they might prioritize other concerns instead.

Glenn and JoLynn Bragg invested in growing pecans in Hondo, Texas, before groundwater pumping regulations existed there. A recent landmark court decision found that the regulations resulted in a violation of their property rights.
Glenn and JoLynn Bragg invested in growing pecans in Hondo, Texas, before groundwater pumping regulations existed there. A recent landmark court decision found that the regulations resulted in a violation of their property rights.

In Texas, Fight Over Water Spills Underground

As surface water dwindles in Texas, growing cities and thirsty industries are looking to groundwater to meet demand. But a recent court ruling has fueled an already fiery debate over whether groundwater resources can be adequately protected alongside property rights and economic development.

Troubled Waters: The State of Texas Rivers

Six years ago, state leaders launched an effort to better manage the health of Texas rivers. But in the wake of nearly unprecedented drought, environmental advocates fear that they are prioritizing thirsty cities over ecology. Our Troubled Waters series — complete with an interactive map of Texas rivers — explores the history, health and future of some of the state's most important waterways.