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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

As Austin’s lakes dwindle, gulf coast may also suffer

As the Highland Lakes that supply Austin's water continue to dwindle, the Lower Colorado River Authority may take the unprecedented step of cutting off freshwater flows it normally releases from the lakes into Matagorda Bay.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Drought leaves Guadalupe tubers, business high and dry

Averaging 70 degrees year round, the Guadalupe River lures Texans to its banks every summer to float. Outfitted with the most tubing companies of any river in the state, vendors are up front about what to expect.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Drought forces water shutoff at Guadalupe River State Park

Some visitors to Guadalupe River State Park could be reconsidering their travel plans after drought conditions have forced Texas Parks and Wildlife to turn off water service to the park’s three campgrounds and restrooms on most weekdays.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Commissioners court reinstates burn ban

The Hays County Commissioners Court on Aug. 6 reinstated the burn ban in unincorporated areas of Hays County because of increasingly dry conditions.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

San Marcos enters Stage 3 water usage restrictions

San Marcos will activate Stage 3 drought response rules effective at noon on Sunday, Aug. 4 as the Edwards Aquifer continues to decline.

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Region on the brink of Stage 3 drought restrictions

Recent spotty rains have had minimal impact on boosting the level of the Edwards Aquifer, putting the San Antonio pool of the aquifer on the brink of Stage 3 drought restrictions.

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Retired physician’s hillside home destroyed by blaze

A fire Wednesday evening destroyed a ridgetop house owned by a well-known retired physician but firefighters from five departments were able to contain the blaze before it swept through wooded hills dotted with large, older homes.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

After spring rains, drought restrictions eased to Stage 1

Welcome spring rains have raised the level of the Edwards Aquifer, allowing San Marcos residents to return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Wednesday, June 5.

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Hays aquifer levels dropped precipitously during drought

Groundwater levels in Texas’ major aquifers dropped considerably between 2010 and 2011, as the state's drought intensified, according to a report published recently by the Texas Water Development Board.

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Getting serious about a Texas-size drought

— — by KATE GALBRAITH Something odd happened here last week. It rained. But the relief, an answer to desperate prayers, is likely to be short-lived. The drought that has gripped much of Texas since the fall...

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