Tribpedia: Water Supply

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 ...

Zebra Mussels Threaten Central Texas Reservoirs

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.

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. 

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.

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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.

Boater Education Courses Target Invasive Species

One way that invasive aquatic species like the zebra mussel can spread across Texas waterways is via boats that aren't cleaned. New legislation will require boater education courses to address the importance of boaters cleaning the vehicles. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

The Nexus of Water and Energy

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Texas needs more water and more power, and the two are highly dependent on each other. University of Texas energy professor Michael Webber talks with Terrence Henry of StateImpact Texas about that relationship. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas

Obscure Agency Could Gain Power With Water Measure

Before drought plagued the state and became a major issue on lawmakers' minds this year, the Texas Water Developent Board was an obscure agency that doled out loans for water projects. But new legislation has focused attention on the board by overhauling its leadership. And the new agency's power is set to grow, especially if voters approve $2 billion in new financing for water infrastructure this November. 

The Brazos River in Pickwick, Texas - June 30, 2012
The Brazos River in Pickwick, Texas - June 30, 2012

Galveston County Public Water Systems Face Restrictions

The Gulf Coast Water Authority, which serves most of Galveston County, could run out of water in less than 180 days, according to a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality list of Texas public water systems that have placed usage limits on municipal areas. 

A device that transmits information on soil moisture in a cornfield belonging to David Ford (standing) a farmer near the Texas Panhandle town of Dumas. He is participating in a water-saving demonstration project.
A device that transmits information on soil moisture in a cornfield belonging to David Ford (standing) a farmer near the Texas Panhandle town of Dumas. He is participating in a water-saving demonstration project.

In Texas, a Push to Show Farmers How to Save Water

Deep in the Panhandle, a groundwater district is running a closely watched demonstration project aimed at showing farmers how to use less irrigation water on their crops. The project reflects the harsh reality that has taken hold across the drought-stricken state: Farmers, who account for more than half of the water used in Texas, must learn to do more with less.