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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Lawmakers look to Gulf to meet state’s water needs

Texas lawmakers on Monday began looking at a seawater desalination bill proposed by state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa that advocates say would offer "drought-proof" means of supplementing withering state water supplies.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Mass meeting planned on Trinity Aquifer commercial pumping

The Hays County Commissioners Court has invited representatives from more than a dozen cities and regulatory agencies to what promises to be a packed public meeting Thursday on groundwater, particularly a commercial well field in the Trinity...

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Letter: ‘Rule of capture’ shouldn’t be absolute for commercial groundwater pumpers

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner WILL CONLEY writes that a for-profit company’s efforts to develop a commercial well field over an un-regulated patch of the Trinity Aquifer warrants ‘a great deal of concern.’

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Abundant whitetail deer threaten Bastrop State Park’s rebirth

As shrubs and seedlings take hold in the scorched Bastrop State Park, park officials face a new quandary: An abundance of whitetail deer is threatening the new growth.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

EPA climate change plan would raise consumer costs, ERCOT chief says

As Texas regulators weigh a response to President Obama’s proposal to combat climate change, the operator of the state’s main electric grid says the plan would raise energy costs and threaten reliability – particularly in the next...

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

San Marcos lands state loan to expand reclaimed water system

The Texas Water Development Board has agreed to extend a loan of $811,915 — about half of which is forgivable — to help the city of San Marcos expand its reclaimed water system to the downtown area...

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Caldwell County doubles down on feral hog bounty

During November, the Caldwell County Feral Hog Task Force will pay $10 for each harvested wild pig if the bounty hunter has taken a one-hour informational session on the invasive species.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

San Antonio approves historic water project

The San Antonio City Council on Thursday unanimously voted in front of a packed chamber to approve a controversial pipeline that would bring in groundwater from 142 miles away.

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Carrizo-Wilcox pipeline weathers first public hearing in San Antonio

At a San Antonio City Council hearing on a $3.4 billion contract that would pipe 16 billion gallons of water a year into the city, residents called for more time before a vote to buy some of...

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

After Mercury inquiry, San Marcos confirms elevated lead levels in water system

UPDATED | About an hour after the San Marcos Mercury left a message with City Manager Jared Miller seeking comment for a forthcoming story on elevated lead levels in the municipal water supply, spokesperson Trey...

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