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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Commissioners lift burn ban in anticipation of rain

Nodding to recent rainfall, the Hays County Commissioners Court this morning lifted its outdoor burning ban, but warned that it could be re-imposed as soon as later this week.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Audio: In Texas, extreme weather is the new normal

Increasingly hot summers and new extreme weather patterns have helped activists raise awareness of climate change. But in Texas, weather that once would have been considered extreme has become commonplace. Read the full story at StateImpact Texas.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought eases in Texas but state still feeling others’ pain

In a twist of fate for Texas, where dry conditions wreaked havoc last year, much of the state has pulled out of the drought just as the rest of the country has entered into it. But that...

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought not the only factor in Texas tree deaths

The 2011 drought wreaked havoc on the state's trees, but according to a new report, few of them died directly from dehydration. Rather, trees weakened by the drought likely fell prey to a different culprit: diseases and...

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Audio: Drought map shows improvement but dry conditions linger

For the first time since March 2011, no part of Texas is under the worst stage of drought, according to new U.S. Drought Monitor data. But as Laura Rice of KUT News reports, some parts of the...

Friday, June 8th, 2012

San Marcos keeps Stage 2 drought rules in place

San Marcos is continuing under Stage 2 drought restrictions as aquifer levels hovered around the Stage 2 trigger level despite more than six inches of rain in May.

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Drought index rises but burn ban still lifted

The Hays County Commissioners Court decided not to impose a burn ban at its regular session June 5 but the window of opportunity for outdoor burning is sure to shut soon , County Judge Bert Cobb said.

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Video: Tank Town founder talks rainwater harvesting

Part of series on Texas water issues, this PBS NewsHour segment pays a visit to Tank Town in Dripping Springs and talks with its founder, rainwater harvesting evangelist Richard Heinichen.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Audio: Drought could linger for years

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples talked with us about why there is still reason to worry even if rain has plentiful in recent weeks.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Despite increased restrictions, urban water use climbs across Texas

During 2011, one of the driest years on record in Texas, residents of some of the largest cities increased their water usage — despite the widespread adoption of restrictions on lawn-watering.

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