Landowners in small-town Central Texas call it a “water grab,” but water developers say the plan is a needed — and perfectly legal — way to quench the thirst of future residents in the fast-growing suburbs.
Two years ago, the drought prompted a rare outbreak of teamwork as lawmakers from both parties and most corners of Texas together crafted a $2 billion fund to provide more water. This session, though, it looks like we're going back to good old-fashioned water rivalries.
The Texas Conservation Alliance, a group devoted to protecting Texas’ water resources, looked at cost effective ways for cities to recycle the water they use. The executive director of the organization thinks Cedar Ridge is not the best option.
ROANOKE — The wind is howling across the wastewater treatment plant here — a sprawling maze of storage tanks, sludge grinders, bar screens, pumps and other heavy-duty equipment designed to remove human waste, diapers, baby wipes, drugs, toilet paper, parasites, viruses, fungi and other foul contaminants flowing in from pipelines across North Texas each day, transforming the raw sewage into “reusable water.”
KNOX COUNTY — Chris Brown helps his two grandsons down from the cab of his rumbling John Deere combine into a fluffy, white patch of cotton. Dozens of cotton fields just like Brown’s form what looks like a low-lying cloud across the landscape that stretches to the horizon.
A new statewide poll commissioned by the Texas Water Foundation (TWF) shows only 28 percent of Texans indicate they “definitely know” the natural source of their drinking water — the same percentage as 10 years ago.
AUSTIN >> A satellite launched Saturday in California will provide important data as researchers grope for ways to explain a massive deficit in Texas water over the past several years, a scientist involved in the research said.
POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE – When writer John Graves set out in 1957 on a boat trip from Possum Kingdom dam down the Brazos River, he departed at the end of what may have been a typical hot, dry Texas summer, except that summer was the end of more than seven years of drought.
Algal blooms like the one that caused a water crisis in Ohio's fourth-largest city this weekend are possible in Texas. But no state requires treatment plants to test their water for the toxins, which can be lethal.
Dow Chemical's struggles to secure enough water supplies for its growing operations in Texas have sparked concerns about whether the state's diminishing natural resources can accommodate its exploding population and economy.
State and local water planning agencies in Texas were handed a narrow victory by federal judges on Monday, vindicating their decisions to supply more water to cities and industries at the potential expense of wildlife.
BORDEN COUNTY — A crisp breeze rips across the prairie as Ralph Miller steps from his dirt-encrusted Ford F-250. He adjusts a sweep of gray hair under his black Stetson and stands over a grave marked “The Water Well Man.”
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