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On World Water Day, let's not forget about water conservation

Reports by the Lower Colorado River Authority show that water levels at lakes Travis and Buchanan, our region’s primary water supply reservoirs, are the highest they have been in some time. Droughts across Texas are, for the large part, being alleviated. But that doesn’t mean we should forget the importance of water conservation, as global warming and growing cities (thus growing demand) continue to threaten our long term water future. Today, being World Water Day, serves as an opportunity for contemplation on the current and future state of water availability for Texans. There are mounting...Read more >>

Protecting Austin's progress towards water conservation

Today Jody Seaborn , a viewpoints author with the Austin American Statesman, wrote a piece calling for Austin to permanently adopt the city's current watering restrictions, making once a week watering the new normal. We agree! Tackling our long-term water future, especially in a city like Austin where the population is expected to double by 2050 , means making the most of our resources when they are plentiful, and conserving them for the day when they may not be. In his piece, Once a week should be once enough: Make Austin’s watering restrictions permanent , Jody hits the nail on the head: "...Read more >>

An update on TWDB's October board meeting

Earlier this week the Texas Water Development Board had their monthly board meeting. What I expected to be a relatively quiet meeting turned to be packed full of interesting water tidbits. First, the Board started the meeting with a discussion regarding their outreach efforts and activities. While this is a boiler plate issue one for every TWDB meeting, this weeks was particularly interesting. Board member Kathleen Jackson spent some time outlining all of the outreach work she’s been doing with ranchers and farmers all across the state to figure out how to connect them with SWIFT funding and...Read more >>

Check out this Texas Tribune Reservoir Map

Ever wonder whether the reservoir in your community has plenty of water? Check out this interactive reservoir map on the Texas Tribune's website. Near Austin, Lake Travis, Lake Tyler and Lady Bird Lake are all above 75% full. For folks near San Antonio, Medina Lake is at 65% full and Canyon Lake is doing a bit better at nearly 94%. Check out the map to see more about reservoirs near you.Read more >>

City of Kyle joins Austin in State 2 water restrictions

The following story was published by the Austin American Statesman : 9/17/15- Following the dry summer and an increase in water use, the city of Kyle on Thursday announced it is implementing Stage 2 drought restrictions effective immediately. Kyle Utility Coordinator Jason Biemer said that residents have been using more water recently despite the fact that the Central Texas drought is marching forward. “Customer demand is 33 percent higher than during the same period in 2014. We’ve seen an increase in consumption this summer compared to last year,” Biemer said in a statement. click HERE for...Read more >>

The Texas Drought’s Over, But The Texas Slow-Motion Water Crisis Is Not - News from State Impact

July 24, 2015 | 11:46 AM By Mose Buchele and Ben Philpott, KUT NewsRead more >>

Statewide Water News

Statewide Water News On June 10, Carlos Rubinstein, chairman of TWDB, announced that he would be stepping down after serving as the agency's head for over two years. He will be succeeded by Bech Bruun, one of the two other members of the Board. Chairman Rubinstein's administration saw enormous changes to TWDB, including the historic passage of SWIFT in 2013. He will remain in his position as chairman until August. You can read more on the story here . A new, nearly 1,000-page study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," of shale oil...Read more >>

From the Texas Water Development Board: The next drought may have already begun

The following blog was posted on the Texas Water Development Board's website in July 2015. You can find the original post here . Drought is coming. Based on our history, Texans can be sure of it. Texas has experienced a drought in every decade of the 20th century and research tells us that decade-long droughts have occurred in Texas since the 1500s. The recent rainfall in Texas is not a return to normalcy — it is a luxury, and we must take advantage of every drop. In May of 2010, Texas' drought map looked much like it does today — an almost colorless map with sparse areas of abnormally dry...Read more >>

Water and the 84th Legislature

On June 1st, the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature came to a close. The session was not great for the environment overall , but water legislation fared a bit better. Yet for every good bill that passed there seemed to be a bad bill passed, or a good bill that died. Loopholes were closed to bring regulatory oversight to a huge new well project in Hays County and use of recycled water (sometimes referred to as graywater) was expanded, while progress on preserving the Devil’s River stagnated. This kind of one step forward, two steps back legislative session is unfortunately common in Texas,...Read more >>

Water News Roundup

Statewide Water News For most people in Texas this month, the biggest news was the weather. Heavy rains associated with an El Niño weather pattern soaked much of the state, providing relief from the drought but also wreaking havoc in many cities. The rain brought the state its wettest May on record, and was significant enough to prompt the President to declare a State of Emergency, and Governor Greg Abbott declared a State of Disaster in 70 counties. Houston , Dallas , and Central Texas were particularly hard-hit. In the wake of the storms, however, the state seems to be emerging from the...Read more >>