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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Water conservation bills flood Texas Legislature

Using less water is the cheapest way to meet Texas’ long-term water needs. The state water plan envisions nearly a quarter of Texas’ future water supplies coming from conservation. So what could and should Texas lawmakers do to promote the idea of saving water?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Video: Texas lawmakers talk water law in San Marcos

At the Texas Tribune's Oct. 29 symposium at Texas State University on the future of water, Publisher EVAN SMITH talked with State Rep. ALLAN RITTER, a Nederland Republican, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, and State...

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Updated: Boil water notice lifted in San Marcos

The city of San Marcos has issued a boil water notice at least through Wednesday evening for a wide area of San Marcos affected by a 12-inch water main break today.

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.

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Texas State receives major gift for water research

With plans Friday to rename Texas State University's River Systems Institute, the Texas State University System Board of Regents aims to recognize a Dallas-based philanthropic organization.

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.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

San Marcos eases water use restrictions


San Marcos residents returned to Stage 1 drought restrictions following a declaration by the Edwards Aquifer Authority on Dec. 23 lifting Stage 2 measures as the San Antonio pool of the Edwards Aquifer region reaches higher aquifer...

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Experts: Drought to continue through the spring

The drought that has plagued Texas is virtually certain to continue at least until early summer, climate experts said on Tuesday at a conference in Fort Worth. But what happens after that is anyone's guess.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

New federal forecast says drought to worsen over winter

While already-sodden northern regions of the United States can expect above-average rains this winter, the worst one-year drought in Texas history looks set to persist in the coming months, federal forecasters said today.

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...

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