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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 Webber.

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.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Straus: House will find way to fund water project

The morning after a major bill to authorize spending billions of dollars on state water projects faltered in the House, Speaker Joe Straus' office released a statement saying he wouldn't "let a technicality seal the debate...

Monday, April 29th, 2013

House debate over water bill could spur bigger fight

A debate about how to address the state’s drought — set for the Texas House on Monday afternoon — is poised to turn into a floor fight over what it means to be a fiscal conservative in...

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Audio: Water bill hits the House floor

Bills are flying out of committee and onto the House and Senate floor. This week the House will take up legislation that would fund the state's water plan with $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund.

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.

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Audio: Texas’ state water plan slowly coming into focus

Major water infrastructure projects have languished in Texas for years. But a new sense of urgency has spurred lawmakers this year to take a serious look at a multibillion-dollar plan that could help secure water for the...

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Audio: Plans for new reservoir could end long-running battle

The Lower Colorado River Authority this week approved a plan that should ease the strain on the Highland Lakes, the Central Texas water source that has long pitted rice farmers against municipalities.

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Legislature’s motto? Go big or go home

Following Monday’s rosy budget estimate from Comptroller Susan Combs, there is widespread interest among state leaders to make large investments in Texas' future this session, specifically billion-dollar commitments to water and transportation projects that prepare Texas for...

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