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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Speaker: ‘Water will be at center of discussion’ at Lege

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus promised to work on water issues and protect private property rights at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association annual meeting Tuesday in Austin.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Audio: Land commissioner touts desalination plant near Kyle or New Braunfels

Desalination, the process of removing salt from water, may bring to mind a plant on the coast sucking in salty seawater and dispensing fresh water. But Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has a plan to bring desalination...

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.

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Audio: Can Texas make it rain?

Speculation that the drought gripping the state could last through 2020 has scientists in Texas looking to so-called weather modification, which, as Matt Largey of KUT News reports, involves using the power of science to play Mother...

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Business groups back Texas water ballot measure

To meet the needs of its growing population, drought-stricken Texas urgently needs more water infrastructure totaling $231 billion to augment water supplies and treatment, wastewater processing and flood control by 2060, according to a draft of the...

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Draft water plan says Texas ‘will not have enough’

Every five years, the Texas Water Development Board publishes a water plan for the state. The 295-page draft of the 2012 plan, published last week in the midst of the worst-ever single-year drought Texas has ever experienced,...

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

In a fluid competition, Hays seeks to lock down water for the future

Hays County commissioners staked a claim to a water supply for the future on Tuesday, unanimously approving a letter of intent to buy 25,000 to 45,000 acre-feet of groundwater each year for 50 years from a private...

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Hays County wants a ‘seat at the table’ on LCRA utilities sell off

Hays County Commissioners this week approved formation of a nonprofit corporation to explore making a bid for the Lower Colorado River Authority’s water and wastewater system in western Travis and northern Hays counties.

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Texas debates who owns its water

It sounds simple: Who owns the groundwater in Texas? But this issue, like others in the hot-button area of aquifer planning, is embroiled in an ongoing policy battle.

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Will Conley Blog: Water and power

In his blog, Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-San Marcos) suggests that the forces of big government are trying to use water fears as entry for greater intrusion. Conley asks: What do proponents of Chapter...

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