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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Redrawing battle lines, Buda signs water deal with Kyle, San Marcos

Mere months away from projected water shortages, the Buda City Council approved an agreement this week to buy 1,120 acre-feet a year — one million gallons a day — of surplus water from the cities of Kyle and San Marcos beginning Jan. 1.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Video: Blanco River volume, velocity during Memorial Day weekend flood rivaled Mississippi River at St. Louis

Even before it reached San Marcos, the Blanco River was flowing at 180,000 cubic feet per second — the average volume and velocity of the Mississippi River at St. Louis, a hydrologist told the San Marcos...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Future of Cape’s Dam, Thompson’s Islands on San Marcos council agenda

Wading into a battle that has divided the San Marcos River’s most passionate defenders, the San Marcos City Council is scheduled to begin deliberation tonight on whether to dismantle Cape’s Dam.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

City of San Marcos re-enters stage 2 drought water use restrictions

The city of San Marcos is implementing Stage 2 drought restrictions effective Sunday, Aug. 23 in response to rapidly dropping aquifer levels. The Edwards Aquifer Authority returned to Stage 1 on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Monday, July 20th, 2015

In Texas, the drought is done

For the first time in more than five years, Texas no longer is in a drought. While less than 3 percent of the state remains “abnormally dry,” according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, drought has disappeared from...

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Texas to receive another $788M in settlement with BP

Texas is set to receive another $788 million stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill under a settlement between BP, the federal government and five Gulf Coast states.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Texas sues EPA over reach of Clean Water Act

Texas is challenging the EPA's new "Waters of the U.S." rule, which is aimed at better defining the the scope of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say the rule will lead to...

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

San Marcos files lawsuit to invalidate fluoridation petition

The city of San Marcos has sued an activist group pushing for a citywide election to prohibit fluoridation of the municipal water supply.

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Texas State’s Sansom honored as ‘champion of the Gulf’

Andrew Sansom, executive director at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, has been named "Harte’s Heroes: Champions of the Gulf" by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Harte Research Institute for Gulf of...

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Commentary: How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

ANDREW SANSOM, who leads the San Marcos-based Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, writes in support of proposed legislation that would “firmly dedicate future appropriations of the sporting goods sales tax exclusively to state and local...

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