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Monday, November 18th, 2013

Advocates threaten legal action over Matagorda Bay’s future

More than 100 environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met Wednesday to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay, a major destination for tourism, recreation and commercial fishing that has suffered greatly in recent years due to a lack of freshwater inflows from the Colorado River.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

With Prop 6 approved, plans remain uncertain

Now that Texas voters have agreed to spend $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to finance water supply projects, legislators say the state finally has some money to carry out its longstanding water plan.

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Audio: As Texas’ dams age, a scramble to find fixes

Texas' aging water infrastructure has raised safety concerns throughout the state, and a lack of mechanisms in place to prevent development downstream of dams has hastened the search for solutions.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Audio: New technology takes aim at reservoir evaporation

Scientists say a new technology — involving a material derived from vegetable oil — could save billions of gallons of water from evaporation in Texas. But the technology has faced a rocky path to implementation.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Water funding propositions make unusual allies

Proposition 6, a water financing measure that voters will decide on in November, is bringing together groups that are typically at odds politically.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Lawyers, policy experts weigh in on groundwater case

Last month, a Texas appeals court fueled the debate over state regulation of groundwater resources. Here's the ruling with comments from four water lawyers and policy experts.

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

LCRA chief announces resignation

Becky Motal, the general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of this year.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Groundwater districts inventory challenges at San Marcos summit

As groundwater managers from across the state met here this week to discuss the numerous challenges they face, talk of legislative changes to water financing and a campaign to convince voters to allow more of it was...

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Audio: Lawmakers working to convince voters on water funding

Most state lawmakers have been focusing on transportation funding these days. But several of them have their eyes on a different prize: convincing voters to support putting dollars aside for water projects.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Audio: The nexus of water, energy

“If you want to save water, saving energy is a cheaper, faster way to do it. If you want to save energy, saving water is a cheaper, faster way to do it,” says UT energy professor Michael...

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