• Rivers Tested by Drought, Population Growth

    As the long-running drought continues to blanket most of the state, demands for water are increasing from a growing population and industrial base. These pressures are squeezing Texas waterways, whose average streamflow remains well below normal.

  • Debate Builds Over How to Save San Saba River

    About 140 miles long, the San Saba River in Central Texas is not considered one of the state’s major waterways, but it illustrates — in a state still dealing with a serious drought — the sensitivities surrounding the use of a limited resource. In April, it ranked third on a national conservation group's list of the country’s most endangered rivers.

  • Environmental Concerns Rise as Brazos Levels Fall

    The 840-mile Brazos River is a key water source for several municipalities and industries. And as the river's levels continue to be impacted by drought, debate has increased over who gets to use water from the Brazos, how much water should be used and how much water should be left to keep the river healthy.

     

  • Along the Canadian River, Concerns About Drought and Threatened Fish

    The storied Canadian River, whose banks were once roamed by Billy the Kid, has been so badly pummeled by drought that the reservoirs along it are essentially dry. That's bad news for the thirsty cities of the Panhandle, not to mention a fish fighting for survival.

  • On Guadalupe River, Tubers Aren't Only Ones Facing Low Flows

    Many Texans gauge the health of the Guadalupe River by the speed of their tubing trip. Given the drought conditions plaguing most of the state, people come prepared to walk. On a broader scale, the shallow spots are indicative of the growing demand on the spring-fed water source.

  • 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.

  • When a River's in Trouble, Many Face Sacrifices

    The Colorado River, which flows from West Texas all the way down to the Gulf Coast, is caught in a tug-of-war amid the West's prolonged drought. Austinites, rice farmers and fishermen downstream all depend on it — but it's not clear they all won't have to sacrifice if dry conditions continue and urban populations keep growing. 

  • Communities Along Red River Seek Feds' Help

    As drought-ridden communities near the Red River spend millions on major water projects, water managers say a decades-old federal project to clean up salt in the river water could also ease the strain. But expensive upgrades have stirred concerns among environmentalists and fallen victim to Congress' ban on earmarks. 

  • Devils River Could Feel Impact of Hunt for Water

    Thanks to conservation efforts and its remote location near the Texas-Mexico border, the Devils River is seen as one of the state's last pristine rivers. But change could be coming for the river, as some are eyeing its basin for new water supplies. 

  • Isolated Pecos River Faces Ecological Changes

    The Pecos River, in remote West Texas, has avoided some of the challenges that increased development has brought to many of the state’s other waterways. But it has not been spared from a less direct threat: the ecological changes brought by the manmade lakes bookending its passage through the state.

  • Vast Rio Grande a Source of Numerous Legal Battles

    The Rio Grande is cherished by both Americans and Mexicans. But with various levels of government in two countries making decisions that affect the Rio Grande, the 1,900-mile river has become the subject of interstate and international legal battles that have intensified during the continuing drought.