Welcome to exTRA – an aggregation of both TRA-related and industry-specific news clips. TRA’s communications division provides these clips as an educational service to TRA’s valued staff, directors and consultants. The articles selected are determined to be of interest to our readership, but in no way reflect TRA’s official position(s) or view(s).
Twelve TRA staff members volunteered their time and skills to assist in building a home with Trinity Habitat for Humanity on October 20, 2016 in Fort Worth. Volunteers worked diligently on trim and installing windows. The event provided staff members the opportunity to give back to the communities in TRA's service area. Additionally, it was a chance for staff members to meet from varying TRA projects. Volunteers worked as a team and accomplished an exceptional amount of work. To learn more about Trinity Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved visit: http://www.trinityhabitat.org/
SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM AUSTIN — The Lower Colorado River Authority will lower Lake LBJ as well as Lake Austin for about six weeks in early 2017 to give lakeside property owners an opportunity to repair and maintain docks, retaining walls, and other shoreline property. The drawdown also will aid in curbing the growth of nuisance aquatic …
[PHOTO CAPTION: Lizbeth Ramirez, 3rd grade winner, John Haley Elementary; Claire Cochran, 8th grade winner, Providence Christian School of Texas; Daphanie Ho, 7th grade winner, Danny Jones Middle School; Zharia McGee, 1st grade winner, Waterford Oaks Elementary; Sonya Villalobos, 4th grade winner, Adams Elementary; Amy Tran, 6th grade winner, Adams Elementary; Alexa De la Torre, 5th grade winner, Calliet Elementary]
The winners were publicly recognized during TRA ‘s Oct. 26 Board of Director’s meeting. The theme of the contest was “Don’t trash our water.” It was open to all first through eighth grade students in TRA’s service area, all schools within the nearly 18,000-square-mile Trinity River basin. One thousand eighty entries were received from 61 schools, 19 ISDs, 10 private schools and two entries from home-schooled students.
Each winner received a certificate, a set of note cards featuring their artwork and a 2017 calendar featuring their art. In addition to these prizes, the grand-prize winner’s artwork was reproduced on a T-shirt, which was provided to the winner Claire Cochran (enough for her to share with family and friends) and her school classmates.
The contest is part of TRA’s outreach activities. To view artwork from the winning students and more information about the art contest, visit TRA’s Facebook page.
Some guys killed a monster alligator along the Trinity River recently, and it's got some folks' britches twisted in knots. One factor in the hysteria is the size of the alligator. It was just north of 13 feet long and weighed just about 880 pounds. Another factor is location. Recent alligator incidents in the Austin metro area, coupled with the perception that this monster was taken in the Dallas area has worried some urban residents. But the Trinity gator wasn't found in an urban area. It was killed along the Trinity River in Leon County, east of Waco, about half way between Dallas and Houston.
The Lower Colorado River Authority, which manages the Lower Colorado River to provide water and services from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast, will be lowering Lake Austin in early 2017, according to an announcement issued last week by the agency. The plan to lower lake levels—both in Lake Austin and upstream at Lake LBJ—will help alleviate the growth of nuisance vegetation including hydrilla that has previously plagued the waterway. The effort also allows residents to make needed repairs to their docks and bulkheads, according to LCRA.
In a press release Monday, the SJRA stated it had retained forensic engineers to investigate the cause of the water line failure in May and now will investigate the recent break in order to address the problem.
The Bowie City Council met in regular session Tuesday night approving an application for a water system grant and hearing monthly reports. Bowie will pursue a Texas Community Development Block Grant of $275,000 to help fund a water/wastewater system improvement project from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Are drought-plagued states missing the opportunity to store rain when it comes their way? A Texas lawmaker says yes, arguing that building the capacity for more underground water storage would help his state, which faces recurring water-scarcity challenges.
Gotthardt earns Watershed Leader award. Agriculture & Outdoors news stories, headlines, articles, information about Wilson County and South Texas. Floresville, La Vernia, Poth, Stockdale, Sutherland Springs, Eagle Creek, East Central.
The water system serves more than 65,000 customers, and nearly 90% of all treated water is supplied by the Dallas Water Utilities under a contract extending through 2039. Additional water supply (roughly 10%) is provided through a contract with Fort Worth that expires in 2031, and a small portion via the recently activated Midlothian water supply contract, while system wells provide less than 1% of the city's water. The city also has additional water supply contracts with the cities of Mansfield and Arlington, although water pursuant to these contracts has not yet been purchased. The wastewater system serves about 64,000 customers, with treatment provided by the Trinity River Authority.
The Army Corps of Engineers has given the Sulphur River Basin Authority a 30-day deadline to find $1.4 million to continue the current feasibility study determine the effects of raising water levels in Wright Patman Lake.
The board of directors for the Sulphur River Basin Authority will meet today to discuss the letter they received last week from the Army Corps of Engineers stating an additional $2.796 million and 30 months were needed to complete a study on the possibility of raising Wright Patman Lake to meet the state's growing water needs.
Marine biologists with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have released the results of their latest tests for red tide and the news is not good. It's moved up the bay and into the Corpus Christi Marina, in high concentrations and up further, biologists traced low levels of red tide at Indian Point Pier, in Portland.
At North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area, giant salvinia covers about half of the WMA’s 500-acre wetland impoundment, blocking boat access for duck hunters and keeping migrating waterfowl from food and habitat. The problem would be worse without steady work to fight back the invasive floating fern, efforts that got a boost this year by recording funding from the Texas Legislature.
SAN ANTONIO — The Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station along with Johnson Controls are coordinating an advanced metering infrastructure system training for water utilities Nov. 10 in San Antonio.
TRAVIS COUNTY LAKE AUSTIN - Lakes to be lowered temporarily Lakes Austin and LBJ will drop about four feet in early 2017 – but don’t panic. The Lower Colorado River Authority will be lowering the two lakes from Jan. 2 to Feb. 13. The LCRA says the reason is to allow lakeside property owners to repair their docks, retaining walls and other lakeside property.
The Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation board, which governs Seguin’s drinking water supply, passed a resolution Thursday to apply for a $43 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board to fund local water projects.
The Kenedy Chamber of Commerce and the 4B Community Development Corporation recently announced a $1.2 million dollar investment in support of the Escondido Creek Parkway Project. The donated funds will be utilized towards the design and development of the Escondido Creek Parkway Project, which is being managed by the San Antonio River Authority (SARA).
The Seguin City Council unanimously approved the $1.1 million purchase of a water treatment facility during its regular city council meeting Tuesday night. The council’s approval allowed the city to move forward in purchasing a 40-year-old wastewater treatment plant per recommendation from the city’s utility engineer. The transaction was finalized Wednesday after the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) board of directors approved the sale of the Spring Hills wastewater treatment plant during the board’s monthly meeting in Seguin.
The City of New Braunfels, and its project partners, are in the process of developing a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) to enhance and protect the water quality of the Dry Comal Creek and Comal River. That, according to City officials, who add, the WPP project partners include the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, and the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The City has assembled a local stakeholder group to help guide planning efforts with a workgroup officials report is made up of representatives from area interest groups.
AUSTIN — Drought-prone Texas missed an opportunity in 2015 and 2016 when one of the strongest El Niños on record deluged the state, sending trillions of gallons more than normal into the sea, an influential state lawmaker said last week.
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