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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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What Is The Future Of Water In Texas?

What Is The Future Of Water In Texas? | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

As the state legislative session rolls on, water is never far off the agenda. State Representative Lyle Larson from San Antonio says water will be his priority as acting chair of the Texas House Natural Resources Committee.

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Drop by drop, businesses fill the well of 'unlimited water'

Drop by drop, businesses fill the well of 'unlimited water' | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Coca-Cola, United Technologies and Diageo are investing millions of dollars in water conservation, treatment and infrastructure projects.
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Texas A&M students plant 4,000 trees in Bastrop

Texas A&M students plant 4,000 trees in Bastrop | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

BASTROP, Texas (KTRK) -- Texas A&M students planted 4,000 trees in Bastrop State Park. Thousands of trees were destroyed in a massive wildfire in the area in 2011. More than 34,000 acres were burned. Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Arbor Day Foundation started a five-year reforestation project. So far, a total of 45,000 trees have been planted.

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Volunteers ‘Slash the Trash’ During 23rd Annual Basura Bash

Volunteers ‘Slash the Trash’ During 23rd Annual Basura Bash | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A party of a different kind took place along San Antonio’s rivers and creeks Saturday: The 23rd annual Basura Bash, the largest single-way waterway cleanup led by volunteers in Texas. The cleanup kicked off at 8 a.m. amid the thick layer of fog that hung over the city until the sun poked through and transformed the gloomy morning into a beautiful day.

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How long will Arlington’s water smell and taste bad?

How long will Arlington’s water smell and taste bad? | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
A fierce algae bloom in Lake Arlington is tainting the celebrated taste and reputation of the city’s drinking water, and likely will continue until treatment plant upgrades are completed at the end of the month.
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Water War: Texas vs. New Mexico

Water War: Texas vs. New Mexico | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Texas is saying that New Mexico has been shorting the state its share of the water from the Rio Grande. Texas is suing New Mexico in an effort to get its neighbor to pay up. El Paso Times reporter Marty Schladen says this shortage is a big deal, especially in West Texas, because people are dependent upon that water — particularly in years of drought.

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LEED report highlights key sustainability trends

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) annually highlights the Top 10 States that have certified the most gross square feet of space per capita in the previous calendar year, and showcases LEED projects within those states that demonstrate best-in-class practices when it comes to designing, building, operating, maintaining and living in sustainable buildings. These projects demonstrate marketwide areas of focus that will continue to shape and drive the green building movement. The following are some of the important trends brought to light by the Top 10 States for LEED.

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Homeowners nearby are looking at Mansfield Dam a little more wearily

Homeowners nearby are looking at Mansfield Dam a little more wearily | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The events in a California dam are leading homeowners to think twice about dams in the Austin area.The Mansfield Dam holds back a lot of water in the Lower Colorado River Basin. If it fails then dams down stream could fail as well, like the Tom Miller dam.
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$6 million pump station gets rezone approval

$6 million pump station gets rezone approval | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Improved water pressure is coming down the pipes for more than 200 homes in the Travis County Water Control and Improvement District 10 service area. The West Lake Hills City Council and Board of Adjustment approved rezoning and several variances on Feb. 8 so WCID 10 can build a pump station on a 1.97-acre property off of Bee Cave Road. The station would connect with a line planned to be constructed down Redbud Trail and serving residents all the way up to Nob Hill Circle and west Yaupon Valley Road, Flintridge Road, Circle Ridge Drive and a portion of Wildcat Hollow.

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Are There Any Lingering Drought Effects in Texas?

Most of Texas has been blessed with average or above average rainfall for the past year or more! It is not uncommon to hear your TV weather folks say “The drought in Texas is over,” and often that is echoed in the local coffee shops or by groups of weathered ranchers talking happily about the latest rain.
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Hundreds of trees planted along Mission Reach of SA River

Hundreds of trees planted along Mission Reach of SA River | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

SAN ANTONIO - The Mission Reach of the San Antonio River got a huge boost Saturday from around 70 volunteers who wanted to give a gift that will keep on giving for years to come. The volunteers showed up bright and early to get their hands dirty planting trees, more than 850 trees, and shrubs, in fact.

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Water board told next drought could dry up area lake

Water board told next drought could dry up area lake | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Board members of the West Central Texas Municipal Water District — the entity that owns the reservoir and delivers water to the cities of Abilene, Albany, Anson and Breckenridge — were given the news Wednesday at their headquarters in downtown Abilene. Little explanation was given, however, about what could be causing the diminished water flow into Hubbard.

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North Richland Hills City Council Meeting

Authorize execution of First Amendment to the Wastewater Transportation Contract(Walker-Calloway system) with Trinity River Authority of Texas. Was constructed in 1970. Hurst and NRH constructed with TRA and TRA operates. Needs repairs as useful life of the line has ended. Repairs have been made over the years paid for by NRH and Hurst. This amendment allows TRA to issue bonds to improve the line $18 million. 7 phases, completion in 2023, total of $18.395 million.

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LIFT SEE IT Scholarship Winners Announced

Eleven public water resource recovery facilities have been awarded travel scholarships for utility staff under the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Scholarship Exchange Experience for Innovation & Technology (SEE IT). The scholarship program, launched in 2016, is a joint initiative spearheaded by Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, the Water Environment Federation and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies..

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Representatives Bell, Metcalf, and Keough File Legislation to Bring Transparency and Accountability to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District

AUSTIN - On February 16, 2017 State Representative Will Metcalf (R- Conroe) filed House Bill 1982 that changes the structure and method of selection for the Board of Directors of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. The bill has been joint authored by Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. (Magnolia) and Representative Mark Keough (The Woodlands).
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Saving Energy And Doubling Worldwide Water Supplies

Saving Energy And Doubling Worldwide Water Supplies | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

On a warm December day, I stood in a jojoba field in the Negev Desert in southern Israel and watched water slowly seep up from the ground around the trees. First a tiny spot, then spreading, watering the plants from deep below. This highly efficient system is known as drip irrigation, and I was there to meet with the world’s leading drip irrigation company, Israel-based Netafim. accelerate the transition to a clean, low-carbon energy economy

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Thirst for resources: Population boom brings need for multimillion-dollar water infrastructure development

Thirst for resources: Population boom brings need for multimillion-dollar water infrastructure development | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The development boom in Pearland and Friendswood has attracted more health care options, retailers and tax dollars to improve the quality of life for residents, but the additional rooftops mean increasing pressure on water and sewer infrastructure. The city of Pearland is trying to stay ahead of the population curve as developers snatch up undeveloped plots. But the city may be unable to quench the thirst of its growing population within five years without massive investments in its water and sewer infrastructure.

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Drought in Texas

Drought in Texas | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Weather patterns and demand on water supplies vary dramatically across the state. When dry conditions are prolonged, it can put a strain on all uses. Here is information to help you make better decisions about water use, including surface and groundwater regulations, and emergency procedures.
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Rebuilding broken Bastrop dam to take years, cost millions

Rebuilding broken Bastrop dam to take years, cost millions | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The process of designing and rebuilding the damaged Bastrop State Park Lake dam has started, but it will cost millions of dollars and take years before it’s finished. In a May 2015 disaster, the nearly 100-year-old dam buckled under the pressure of excessive floodwaters. The 10-acre lake dam drained out, barreled down a creek bed and damaged a road.

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Arlington Heights water and wastewater line construction wrapping up

Arlington Heights water and wastewater line construction wrapping up | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Water and wastewater utility line work is finished on Calmont Avenue from Eldridge Street to Merrick Street, Melbourne Drive from the city limits to Roberts Cut-Off Road, and Carleton Avenue from El Campo Avenue to Bryce Avenue. Roadway paving work has started on Calmont Avenue.

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Corpus Christi changing disinfectant to improve water supply

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Different chlorine will be used by a South Texas city working to improve its water supply after issues including a four-day usage ban in December. Corpus Christi officials on Tuesday announced plans to temporarily change water disinfectant, starting March 6, with the chlorine conversation lasting up to eight weeks. It's part of the process to eventually introduce a supplemental disinfectant, called chloride dioxide, to further protect the supply.

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Improved water pressure coming to highest elevated area of Tyler

Residents in neighborhoods surrounding Troup Highway will soon see improved water pressure following the installation of a water booster pump station.

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Long worn and ignored, Arkansas Bend Park on verge of major makeover

Long worn and ignored, Arkansas Bend Park on verge of major makeover | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Visitors to Arkansas Bend Park, a 399-acre expanse on the north shore of Lake Travis near Lago Vista, might notice what Travis County Parks Director Charles Bergh does upon arrival: “It looks like it’s been loved to death.” But the torn-up grounds and damaged tree roots will go away soon when an improvement project breaks ground later this month. The project, funded by a 2011 county bond referendum, will bring new amenities to an infrequently visited no-frills park about an hour from Austin’s center. Travis County commissioners this week approved a $7.7 million contract with Emerson Construction Co.

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Construction equipment stuck in Lake LBJ as lake refills

Construction equipment stuck in Lake LBJ as lake refills | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (KXAN) — The Lower Colorado River Authority says a large piece of construction equipment is stuck in Lake LBJ near Horseshoe Bay. The LCRA says the excavator became stranded after they began refilling the lake after it was lowered four feet in January so owners could repair docks and retaining walls. The lake began filling back up on Thursday and, as of Sunday night, is still a foot below its normal height.

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Texas Leaders Can Use Clean Energy to Increase Investments and Create Jobs

Texas Leaders Can Use Clean Energy to Increase Investments and Create Jobs | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
A new report Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) issued to the Texas Legislature, Texas’ Clean Energy Economy: Prioritizing Jobs, Investments, and Growth, shows the Lone Star State’s evolving electricity landscape has created enormous economic growth and jobs. The report explores the policies put in place years ago that has allowed Texas’ power market to become cleaner and more affordable, and it outlines the state’s impressive job growth in energy efficiency, wind, and solar power.
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