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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 every other part of Texas.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

For first time in history, San Marcos declares Stage 4 drought

Underscoring the severity of a years-long drought, San Marcos officials will impose Stage 4 water restrictions for the first time at noon on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Rising drought index reignites Hays County burn ban

Citing a rapidly increasing drought index rating, the commissioners court on Tuesday reinstated a ban on outdoor burning in unincorporated areas of Hays County.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Stage 3 drought water use rules begin Sunday

With the Edwards Aquifer level dropping steadily, San Marcos ratchets up restrictions on sprinklers, swimming pools and car washing.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

TCEQ cuts off rice farmers, but Central Texas water supply worries persist

Most rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin won't get irrigation water deliveries from the Highland Lakes this year, but Central Texas cities still worry that drinking water supplies could be depleted.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

LCRA approves plan that could cut water for rice farmers

After a contentious meeting over its latest drought management plan, which is almost sure to cut off water for coastal rice farmers in the lower Colorado River Basin for the third year in a row, the Lower...

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.

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.

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Letter: Forestar deal secures water for Hays County’s future

In a letter to Hays County residents, County Judge BERT COBB says the commissioners court’s recent, landmark deal to buy groundwater from a private company help ensures constituents won’t be left high and dry in the coming...

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Perry pushes water plan funding in San Angelo

The persistent drought afflicting West Texas has essentially turned some of the region’s lakes and reservoirs into oversized puddles, unfit for any kind of recreation.

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