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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.

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, 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.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Texas State University to manage Christmas Mountains

A mountainous tract of West Texas land that has been a point of contention between the General Land Office and environmental groups will serve a new purpose — a research and educational area for university students.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Task force could ask city to restrict river access

A city task force could ask the San Marcos City Council to restrict access to the San Marcos River during periods of low flow. Otherwise, according to task force members, a state program could force such restrictions...

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Windemere Ranch could go to habitat — or development

The owners of Windemere Ranch property say they're going ahead with their plans for development, but Hays County could have designs on the land for its regional habitat conservation plan to protect the golden-cheeked warbler and the...

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

State planning could close river for rec use

The decline of Texas Wild Rice, which grows naturally only in the San Marcos River, could motivate state aquifer protection planners to pressure the city into closing parts of the river for recreational uses.

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