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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Brad Rollins’ Blog: Warlords massing troops for Simsboro water battle

For decades, Central Texas politicians, planners and privateers have peered into the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer and seen a vision of the region’s limitless potential for prosperity reflected in subterranean water. But so far a succession of efforts have amounted to pipe dreams.

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 6th, 2013

Texas voters approve nine constitutional amendments

Texas voters approved a $2 billion draft from the state's Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects in the fast-growing, drought-plagued state Tuesday night, along with eight other amendments to the state's constitution.

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Audio: If Prop 6 passes, what’s next for water in Texas?

The passage of Proposition 6, which proponents say would jump-start tens of billions of dollars in spending on water projects across Texas, may be just the beginning of a debate over how to spend money in a...

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.

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Water funding propositions make unusual allies

Proposition 6, a water financing measure that voters will decide on in November, is bringing together groups that are typically at odds politically.

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.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Audio: Water plan goes to Texas voters

Spending money to increase water capacity in Texas took a few bills this session, including one that generated a constitutional proposition and much legislative debate.

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Central Texas water fight could have statewide implications

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District on Wednesday heard from a coalition of residents and businesses opposed to new water permitting. The dispute, some say, foreshadows fights the rest of the state will face in the future.

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