Projects

Marvin Nichols Reservoir

UPDATE (9/16/15): On September 9th, 2015 the Texas Water Development Board directed Regions C and D to undergo mediation to resolve conflicts between their initially proposed 2016 regional water plans. Marvin Nichols continues to play a huge roll in this conflict. This is progress, as further mediation will require Regions C and D, plus statewide water regulators, to once again consider the serious environmental impacts that...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Red River, Franklin and Titus Counties , TX
United States
33° 23' 56.4576" N, 95° 5' 24.612" W

Municipal Conservation

Wasteful water use in Texas remains common. For example, new residential landscaping often requires extensive watering to maintain, and cracked municipal water mains leak billions of gallons a year. Wasted water means that less is immediately available for other purposes, including keeping our rivers flowing. Moreover, wasted water may evaporate or become contaminated, removing it from the hydrological cycle altogether and permanently...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Dallas , TX
United States
32° 46' 48.9432" N, 96° 48' 3.5208" W

Cedar Ridge Reservoir

What’s the project?
With a nearly mile-long dam on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, the Cedar Ridge Reservoir would cover 6,600 acres and contain approximately 74 billion gallons of water to be transmitted to Abilene by pipeline.  

What’s at risk?

Building Cedar Ridge Reservoir would change a critical part of Texas history. Christened los Brazos de Dios, or “the arms of God,” by explorer...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Throckmorton County , TX
United States
32° 58' 23.4192" N, 99° 26' 48.588" W

Reclaimed Water

“Reclaimed” water is wastewater that will be treated to the point that businesses and residences can use it to water their lawns, fill cooling towers, and use for all purposes other than for drinking and bathing.

Austin's Water Reclamation Initiative is one of the largest in the country and saves 1.2 billion gallons of drinking water a year. The reclaimed water serves as a source that won’t come at the expense of treating water from...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Austin , TX
United States
30° 16' 1.7508" N, 97° 44' 35.0196" W

Agriculture Conservation - Irrigation Efficiency

Agricultural irrigation accounts for the largest share of Texas’ current water use—56 percent of total demand in 2010. Providing adequate water at the right time is essential to ensuring decent yields and farm profitability. Water is often wasted when it evaporates. The efficiency of overhead sprinkler systems can be improved by installing low-pressure equipment that reduces the amount of time water is airborne and especially vulnerable to...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Llano Estacado , TX
United States
34° 16' 31.4688" N, 102° 5' 45.6" W

Guadalupe River Mid-Basin Project

Update (2/24/16): The GRBA has purchased Texas Water Alliance (TWA) assets in Gonzales and Caldwell counties, acquiring previously TWA-owned Carrizo aquifer groundwater from water permits and leases with 160 landowners covering 40,000 acres of land in northwest Gonzales County. This will yield 15,000 acre-feet of water towards the Mid-Basin Project.

What’s the project?
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA)'s...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Gonzales County , TX
United States
29° 14' 56.2272" N, 97° 27' 0.648" W

Pumping from Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer

What’s the project?
The Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer Group is composed of several sand aquifers, including the Simsboro aquifer at the intersection of the Colorado and Brazos Rivers. Unfortunately, current permits already authorize the withdrawal of twice as much groundwater that is available to sustainably meet the “Desired Future Conditions” of the Simsboro aquifer. And if applications for new permits are granted, total...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Bastrop County , TX
United States
30° 9' 56.5308" N, 97° 6' 56.34" W

Devils River - Val Verde County Project

What’s the project?

While not part of the 2012 State Water Plan, there is a newly proposed water marketing plan by VV Water Company, based in Beeville, that could pump billions of gallons of water each year from the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer in Val Verde County to supply fracking operations and thirsty communities in West Texas. VV Water...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Val Verde County , TX
United States
29° 53' 25.908" N, 101° 11' 24.72" W

Agriculture Conservation - Laser Leveling

Land leveling is considered a best management practice for agricultural water conservation. One of the most effective technologies for this practice is the use of laser leveling. Fields are made level with lasers, removing low spots and reducing water lost to run off. In some instances, this can cut water applications by 30 percent or more. Since agricultural water use accounts for more than half of the state’s water use, conservation in this...Read more >>

Project Location: 
Matagorda & Wharton Counties , TX
United States
29° 6' 17.82" N, 96° 2' 13.884" W

Resaca Restoration Project – Brownsville

Resacas are former channels of the Rio Grande and their purpose is to divert and dissipate floodwater from a river. The networks of resacas that stretch throughout the city of Brownsville are a unique part to the city’s character and culture. They act as an important ecological habitat for various wildlife species, helping to control floodwaters, and providing raw water storage to supplement the city of Brownsville’s water supply.

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Project Location: 
Brownsville , TX
United States
25° 54' 6.2892" N, 97° 29' 50.9424" W