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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

San Marcos returns to stage 1 water use restrictions

The city of San Marcos is returning to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Aug. 9 in response to dropping aquifer levels. The Edwards Aquifer Authority returned to Stage 1 on July 31.

Monday, July 20th, 2015

In Texas, the drought is done

For the first time in more than five years, Texas no longer is in a drought. While less than 3 percent of the state remains “abnormally dry,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought has disappeared from...

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Texas sues EPA over reach of Clean Water Act

Texas is challenging the EPA's new "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is aimed at better defining the the scope of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say the rule will lead to...

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Hays County groundwater bill becomes law

Closing a 170.8-square-mile loophole in local groundwater regulation, legislation that dramatically expands the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District became law on Sunday.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Tube rental, shuttle fee could fund law enforcement on San Marcos River

Revenue from the fee — statutorily capped at $3 per person — would be used to fund law enforcement and cleanup efforts on the river in Caldwell and Guadalupe counties.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Making a play for key EP customer, Kyle agrees to sell water to Anthem subdivision

WITH VIDEO | The city of Kyle has officially offered to take the troublesome Anthem residential development off the hands of its tiny neighboring municipality, Mountain City.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Texas Supreme Court punts on major EAA water case

The murky rules for regulating groundwater pumping aren't going to get any clearer after the state Supreme Court declined to take a case that might have helped clarify when a property owner's right of capture can be...

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Senate votes to end renewable energy programs

The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would close the book on two programs that helped fuel the state’s years-long surge in wind energy production.v

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Lawmakers look to Gulf to meet state’s water needs

Texas lawmakers on Monday began looking at a seawater desalination bill proposed by state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa that advocates say would offer "drought-proof" means of supplementing withering state water supplies.

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Hays County water fight tumbles into Texas House committee

Dripping Springs State Rep. Jason Isaac went before the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday to make the case for his four-bill cocktail aimed at stopping a controversial groundwater pumping project in Hays County.

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