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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.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Groundwater districts inventory challenges at San Marcos summit

As groundwater managers from across the state met here this week to discuss the numerous challenges they face, talk of legislative changes to water financing and a campaign to convince voters to allow more of it was...

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Audio: Lawmakers working to convince voters on water funding

Most state lawmakers have been focusing on transportation funding these days. But several of them have their eyes on a different prize: convincing voters to support putting dollars aside for water projects.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Audio: The nexus of water, energy

“If you want to save water, saving energy is a cheaper, faster way to do it. If you want to save energy, saving water is a cheaper, faster way to do it,” says UT energy professor Michael...

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.

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...

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Texas House passes water bill

The Texas House approved legislation Wednesday that would use $2 billion to start funding water projects in the state. House Bill 4, by state Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, would create a water bank that would offer loans...

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Audio: State water plan advances in Lege

Amid growing pressure on lawmakers to address the state's water needs, a plan to establish a long-term fund for water projects took a significant step forward on Thursday.

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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