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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).
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This is the big local resource you should be using way more often

This is the big local resource you should be using way more often | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

That's pretty much the answer to any gardening or housekeeping question. The agency, officially named Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension has information and research on virtually every home and garden question. The agency, with 250 offices statewide, maintains hundreds of Web pages with information on subjects as varied as using drones to look for cotton root rot to the best time to plant potatoes and carrots. There are videos on the best way to plant a tree or grow veggies along with online classes on food preparation.

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Edwards Aquifer Authority has come a long way

Edwards Aquifer Authority has come a long way | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Edwards Aquifer Authority spent its first 20 years gathering data, establishing baselines, and figuring out how to manage the resource while fighting negative public perception with information. Today, despite diminishing water supplies statewide, the Edwards is in good shape compared to other aquifers, thanks to the stewardship of the EAA, its partners, and the people who live and work above the aquifer. 

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The Texas Water Development Board approves $10,485,000 for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (September 22, 2016) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $10,485,000 for water system projects. Of this funding, $5,080,000 was designated for rural water projects.
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City responds to national chromium-6 water study

City responds to national chromium-6 water study | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Decades after Erin Brockovich exposed the deadly water of Hinkley, California and inspired a blockbuster movie, a nonprofit environmental group revealed Tuesday the same cancer-causing contaminant is present in 75 percent of the nation’s drinking water — including here in Seguin.
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New report finds dangerous chemical in US drinking water

New report finds dangerous chemical in US drinking water | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
(CNN) Dangerous levels of chromium-6 are contaminating tap water consumed by hundreds of millions of Americans, according to a national report released Tuesday. Chromium-6 is the carcinogenic chemical that was featured in the popular 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich,” starring Julia Roberts as the titular activist. The US Environmental Protection Agency has never set a specific limit for chromium-6 in drinking water.
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LCRA poised to roll back water contract policy with drought’s end

LCRA poised to roll back water contract policy with drought’s end | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Enjoying a replenished water supply, the board of the Lower Colorado River Authority is poised to roll back a policy aimed at maximizing scrutiny of even the most modest water contracts. For years, the board of the river authority, which oversees the distribution of water from Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan, the region’s major reservoirs, had delegated authority to enter into more modest contracts — those under 500 acre-feet of water per year, roughly equal to the annual amount used for washing, bathing, drinking and irrigating by 2,000 Austin homes — to the LCRA general manager.

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TRA attended Texas Gatorfest - Anahuac, TX

TRA attended Texas Gatorfest - Anahuac, TX | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The Trinity River Authority of Texas attended Texas Gatorfest September 16 and 17. The festival is held at Fort Anahuac Park in Anahuac, Texas. TRA set up in the Alligator Education Tent to provide educational information about the Trinity River to festival attendees. Check TRA's Facebook page for more information and additional photos. www.Facebook.com/officialtra
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Colonia Residents Pushing for Permanent Change in Water Provider

Colonia Residents Pushing for Permanent Change in Water Provider | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

BROWNSVILLE - Residents of a Cameron County colonia said they’re tired of paying for yellow water. They said it’s even threatening their health. People living in the colonia of San Pedro, located along Highway 281, said the yellow water has been coming out of their faucets for years.

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The beginning of a flowing San Antonio

The beginning of a flowing San Antonio | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

San Antonio has come a long way from a city with small town charm into a city on the rise. Recreating San Antonio’s historical creeks is a new endeavor ready to break ground. San Antonio River Authority (SARA), in coordination with the City of San Antonio, has recently announced the beginning of construction on Phase 1 of the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, taking place in the following weeks. It will start at the tunnel inlet near Fox Tech High School and will continue on to Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

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Water quality training Oct. 4 will focus on Lake O’ the Pines, Big Cypress watersheds

Water quality training Oct. 4 will focus on Lake O’ the Pines, Big Cypress watersheds | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

JEFFERSON – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and water management related to the Lake O’ the Pines and Big Cypress watersheds will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 4 at the Jefferson Tourism and Visitor Center, 305 E. Austin St. in Jefferson. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with Texas A&M AgriLife Research are sponsors.

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SJC Chamber set to hold 32nd annual Wolf Creek Car Show

The Wolf Creek Car Show is coming soon to Coldspring, giving hundreds of visitors the chance to see over 200 cars on display, both modern and classic. Sponsored by the Coldspring/San Jacinto County Chamber of Commerce and the Trinity River Authority, the Wolf Creek Car Show is one of the largest events in Coldspring and has lasted for over 30 years. This year marks the 32nd annual car show.

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Portion of San Pedro Creek Will Not be Ready for Tricentennial

Portion of San Pedro Creek Will Not be Ready for Tricentennial | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

When San Antonio celebrates its Tricentennial in May 2018, residents and visitors alike will be able to stroll down a portion of the newly restored San Pedro Creek – from its inlet to Dolorosa Street. But the last stretch from Dolorosa Street to César E. Chávez Boulevard, the third segment of Phase 1 of the $175 million San Pedro Creek Improvements Project, won’t quite meet that deadline, project officials said Thursday at a San Pedro Creek Subcommittee meeting.

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Imagine a Day Without Water - Watering Plants

The Imagine a Day Without Water campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of our water supply and investing in our aging water infrastructure.

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League City Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project to target two major systems

City Council awarded a construction contract to Layne Inliner, LLC, for the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project on June 28, 2016. This project is part of the multi-year systematic rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer system intended to reduce inflow/infiltration, blockages and other failures in the sewer system as indicated in the City's Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative (SSOI) agreement with the TCEQ.
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Individual tests for drinking water quality continue to be compliant

Tyler Water Utilities continues to improve drinking water quality, as testing results from ongoing monitoring show. The latest readings from all eight sampling sites are below the maximum contaminant level threshold of 60 parts per billion (ppb) for haloacetic acids.

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Water district seeks public involvement for watershed protection plan

Water district seeks public involvement for watershed protection plan | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The North Texas Municipal Water District is seeking individuals from various community and professional backgrounds to serve on the steering committee for the Lavon Lake Watershed Protection Plan. The district held public meetings in McKinney and Wylie this month to kick off the creation of the plan, which will work to protect the 491,520 acres of land that water flows over on its way to the lake. The watershed includes parts of Collin, Grayson, Fannin and Hunt counties.

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USACE announces environmental assessment on Lewisville Lake Dam study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District officials released the environmental assessment and draft finding of no significant impact on the proposed dam safety modifications to the Lewisville Lake Dam. Now the Corps is seeking comments on assessing the potential environmental consequences resulting from its implementation.

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TCEQ to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Sludge Permit Renewal

TCEQ to Host Public Meeting to Discuss Sludge Permit Renewal | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

If you have driven around the Inez community you can't help but notice these signs which say, not in our town. The signs were put up in opposition to a sewer sludge permit renewal. The permit was issued in 2005 and then renewed in 2010, but this time additional waste toxins are being proposed for dumping.

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Water capacity complicates development of property near Texas 71

Water capacity complicates development of property near Texas 71 | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The board continued consideration of an application first presented to them during the Aug. 18 board meeting for a request for service by CCNG Development Co. for 750 Living Unit Equivalents of water and wastewater for a 71-acre tract of land south of Texas 71 in Bee Cave. CCNG wanted to add 200 LUEs to the request for a project, which is currently planned to have 1,200 apartment units and 450,000 square feet of office space, though CCNG Realty president Will Douglas emphasized they were still in the planning stages and the item has not yet gone before the Bee Cave City Council.

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Municipal Solid Waste Study will quantify recycled material and its economic impacts in Texas


A statewide recycling survey in Texas that was launched in mid-August will close on October 31. The Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling (Study) seeks to quantify the amount of recycling occurring throughout Texas and will assess the economic state of the recycling industry in Texas. Through a competitive bidding process, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) retained Burns & McDonnell to complete the study.


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Texas Water Development Board education programs provide #txwater conservation resources

Children today will face a daunting challenge when they are adults, managing and conserving Texas' dwindling water supplies. So that they are equipped for this challenge, these future decision makers will need to be educated about the scientific background and complex issues associated with this critical resource.
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Homer: TPWD collaborates on project to improve fish population at Proctor Lake

Homer: TPWD collaborates on project to improve fish population at Proctor Lake | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Increases in water levels are essential for restoring fish habitat and bringing local fisheries back to thriving after a period of prolonged drought. During droughts, fish can lose important habitat, which can render them unable to escape predators, find food or locate nursery habitat. Ultimately, prolonged droughts and loss of habitat can lead to declines in fish populations and reduce availability of fish for fishermen to catch. Proctor Lake in Comanche County is no stranger to the drought-flood cycles that influence its water level like other Big Country reservoirs. The reservoir has a history of severe water level fluctuations that have resulted in poor fish habitat quality and have influenced the fish populations there.

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U.S. Army Corps Seeks Public Comment on Dam Failure Modifications

U.S. Army Corps Seeks Public Comment on Dam Failure Modifications | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Dallas residents have been haunted by the specter of a 65-foot-tall flood wave thundering down city streets ever since the deteriorating condition of the Lewisville Lake Dam became public knowledge last year. If the 60-year-old earthen dam gave way, Dallas would be under 50-feet of water.

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City of Montgomery to bow out of GRP agreement

Montgomery City Council has set in motion the final dominos to effectively neutralize the impact of the Groundwater Reduction Plan on the city.
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Senate approves bill for water projects; millions for Trinity River Vision project

Senate approves bill for water projects; millions for Trinity River Vision project | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Senate approved a $10 billion water projects bill Thursday that includes emergency funding for Flint, Michigan — nearly a year after officials declared a public health emergency because of lead-contaminated water. It also includes over $500 million for the Trinity River Vision project in Fort Worth, along with several other projects in Texas.

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