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GBRA OKs feasibility study on desalination

Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority directors on Wednesday took an historic step that could lead to GBRA building the state�s first integrated seawater desalination/power plant.

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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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Summer forecast: Northeast to endure more 90-degree days than in 2014; Extreme drought to expand in West

Severe weather risk to continue for Midwest.
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Clean Running Water Missing From Thousands of Homes

Clean Running Water Missing From Thousands of Homes | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The Rio Grande Valley is in a water crisis. Thousands of homes do not have clean running water. Some have water pipes that end feet from their house. This is something CHANNEL 5 NEWS has followed for years. 
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Texas Lawmakers Move to Stop Local Fracking Bans

Texas Lawmakers Move to Stop Local Fracking Bans | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Just as new scientific reports are reinforcing links between fracking and earthquakes, Texas legislators are moving to limit cities’ control over oil and gas drilling in their communities.
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‘Politicized Science’ Could Cause Federal Takeover Of Texas Waters

Politicized science pushed by environmental activists may cost the state of Texas its water rights, according to a state environmental policy expert. Kathleen Hartnett White of the conservative Tex
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Tarrant regional water board race heats up

Tarrant regional water board race heats up | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Incumbents Jim Lane and Marty Leonard are facing challengers Craig Bickley and Michele Von Luckner
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Reconsideration on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the Utility New Source Performance Standards; Final Action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that it has responded to 23 petitions for reconsideration of the final rules titled National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards...
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Another 1.5 feet and Lake Granbury will be full

Granbury, TX: With continued inflow over the next few days, Lake Granbury could be full by this weekend. The lake is down about 1.5 feet this afternoon. If the lake does
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American Water to play active role at NAWC 2015 Infrastructure Summit

American Water recently announced that the company will play an active role in the National Association of Water Companies' 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit, taking place at on Thursday, April 30, at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C.
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MarAd announces $2.6 million in grants for maritime history, education and preservation - Professional Mariner - Web Bulletin 2015

A Journal of the Maritime Industry with Casualties, Tugboats, Shipbuilding, Jobs and Industry News
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Aquatic Ecologist Says Dams are Boxing in Fish

Your Daily Source for Kansas Ag & Farm News, Markets, Weather, Auctions and Real Estate
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Engineers Release Flood Waters From Area Lakes After Weeks Of Rain

Residents in and around Collin County are being treated to a sight they haven’t seen in years. Lake Lavon is so full, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the lake to reduce flood risks.
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Pipeline failure in Abilene causes 1.5 million gallon raw sewer water spill

Pipeline failure in Abilene causes 1.5 million gallon raw sewer water spill | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
A 1.5 million gallon spill of raw sewer water, also known as domestic wastewater, was discovered Sunday morning in Abilene.
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Texas needs network for sharing water supplies

Texas needs network for sharing water supplies | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Having traveled across the state visiting groundwater districts, river authorities and municipal water systems, it has become clear that the greatest challenge we must combat when it comes to water planning is the Balkanization of our state based on arbitrary boundaries. The study will result in the creation of a master plan for the most efficient conveyance of water throughout the state. Unfortunately, critics of this bill have argued that we should instead study conservation strategies to tackle our water shortage. While the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club disagrees with the concept of moving water, several sophisticated environmental organizations actually support water markets in the Western states, including the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council and The Nature Conservancy.
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Crews preparing to work on Evansville's sludge treatment plants

Construction crews are getting ready to start work on two of Evansville's sludge treatment plants.
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Area lakes filling to the brim after months of moisture

Area lakes filling to the brim after months of moisture | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The rapid rise of water in Dallas-area lakes has replenished the depleted supply, but officials say conservation still needs to be on minds.
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A Promise to Our Children to Save Water in Texas

A Promise to Our Children to Save Water in Texas | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
By Katherine Owens
Source: flickr/caroleeEarlier this week, I testified at a hearing of the Texas House Committee on
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Lyford moves forward to drill for second water source

LYFORD — The water may be a bit salty, but that won’t stop city officials from drilling forward on a second water source, officials said Wednesday.
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Pipe dreams at the expense of East Texas

Every time the Texas Legislature meets, there are bills introduced to facilitate the taking of surface water (the water in our lakes and streams) from water-rich East Texas to major urban areas such as Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The current legislature is no exception. The problem is both discovering and keeping track of them. Two bills that seem to be on fast tracks are Senate Bill 1907 and House Bill 3298, which are identical. The bill captions, which state the essence of the bills, state that it is to have the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) study “ ... the development of a market and conveyance network for water in this state.”
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Bills Aim to Speed Up Permits, Limit Protests, by Jim Malewitz

Bills Aim to Speed Up Permits, Limit Protests, by Jim Malewitz | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Business-friendly Texas still isn't quite friendly enough, Republican lawmakers say, and they're pushing legislation to curtail public input and speed up permits issued by state environmental regulators.
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Water treatment company Apptech announces expansion in Roanoke County

Apptech Solutions LLC, an innovative design and manufacturer of water and wastewater treatment and conveyance solutions recently announced plans to expand into a 27,000-square-foot facility located at 3993 Daugherty Road in Roanoke County.
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Rain tops off lakes

Rain tops off lakes | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
After a week of downpours in North Texas, Army Corps of Engineers officials in Lewisville report lake levels across this part of the country are reaching capacity — and in some cases exceeding it.
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Record Cargo and Revenue Continue at Port Authority

HOUSTON, April 28, 2015-- The Port Commission, at its regular monthly meeting today, approved several agenda items aimed at further strengthening operations at the Port of Houston Authority. The Port Commission approved entering into a nearly $120,000, two-year agreement with Versiant Corporation at Port Authority container terminals to better interface...
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Half of America's Fracking Companies Could Close or Be Sold by the End of the Year

The US energy sector is grappling with low energy prices, declining output, and growing concerns that its operations are causing a spike in earthquakes.
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Danville to continue special water treatment process

Danville’s water treatment officials estimated that Monday could have been the final stopping point for treating the water system with activated carbon, but customer complaints about the peat moss-like taste and odor have delayed that decision once again.
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New EPA Rules Could Make Texas Coal-based Energy More Costly

New EPA Rules Could Make Texas Coal-based Energy More Costly | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
April 27--TATUM -- When bald eagles at Martin Lake built a nest a hundred yards or so from the shore, Luminant buried the power lines between the nest and the water. There's a delicate balance to be struck, the power company says, between using resources and preserving them. Now, as Luminant's Liberty coal mine enters into full production as other mining operations wind down, and as Texas ...
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