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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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LCRA predicts showers, reports lake inflow

Rain showers have moved through Burnet County, pouring welcome relief on the parched Highland Lakes area and a chance exists for continued small respites. The small break in dry heat was forecast by Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority, “as the stubborn ridge of high pressure that has been across Texas since the middle of June finally shifts west, allowing clouds and moisture to spread into Texas.” “With the ridge weakening across Texas, the atmosphere should become more unstable over the next few days,” Rose predicted Monday. “Meanwhile, a small area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere is currently situated over Louisiana with a second area of low pressure noted over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Both of these lows are forecast to push tropical moisture into Texas over the next few days, leading to the development of scattered rain showers, thunderstorms and lower temperatures.
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City of Katy asking residents to conserve water for third time in six years

City officials ask residents to conserve water in Katy The city of Katy is asking its more than 16,000 residents to voluntarily conserve water as the heat indexes throughout Houston surge past 100 degrees and the city's wells are pumped beyond desirable ranges. 

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Integrated Pipeline Project Earns Envision Platinum Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Integrated Pipeline Project, a 150-mile long water transmission system being built by two North Texas water suppliers, has received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Platinum Award. The Tarrant Regional Water District and the city of Dallas were presented Envision’s highest level of achievement award by ISI President Bill Bertera during a recent TRWD 2016 Board meeting.
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City Plans Improvements for Water Infrastructure

City Plans Improvements for Water Infrastructure | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The Texas Water Development Board approved two loans this month to fund water infrastructure improvements in Austin. These loans total over $167 million
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Water utility gets $150M more to buy land

El Paso Water’s plan to acquire tens of thousands more acres of land with water rights in Dell Valley won support from the Texas Water Development Board, which approved a $150-million loan Thursday.
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Summer fun at TRA's General Office

Summer fun at TRA's General Office | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
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Why Toxic Algae Blooms Are Likely To Get Worse Before They Get Better

Why Toxic Algae Blooms Are Likely To Get Worse Before They Get Better | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The bacteria that causes toxic algal blooms like the one now affecting the Treasure Coast have been around for billions of years. Cyanobacteria even deserves some of the credit for putting the oxygen we breathe into the Earth’s atmosphere. But runoff from agriculture, storm water and sewage have given this blue-green algae an unnatural boost, accelerating the natural processes that break down dead plants and animals into nutrients that enrich our lakes and streams.

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Bryan gets $18M loan to fund water conservation efforts

Bryan gets $18M loan to fund water conservation efforts | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The City of Bryan soon will receive an $18 million multi-year, low-interest loan from the state to finance a project that will store water underground to meet long-term demands.
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Austin snags more than $165 million in loans for utility upgrades

Austin snags more than $165 million in loans for utility upgrades | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Loans for more than $165 million awarded on Thursday by the Texas Water Development Board will likely be used by Austin Water Utility to replace customers’ water meters and expand its water reuse program.
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Bandera Courier Article

Bandera County Courier newspaper is Bandera Texas official City newspaper, featuring news of Bandera County and the Texas Hill Country, community news, Bandera Texas obituaries, Bandera Texas history, ranch news, sports and opinions on local and national issues.
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Septic dump applications find no love in Johnson County

Several of the 60-plus attending Tuesday night’s public hearing for a beneficial use site application asked questions and delivered comments. All opposed the measure and urged Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials present to do the same. Roy Reitz Jr. applied for a permit to dump raw septic sludge on land at 6301 W. FM 4 in Godley. The land covers about 85 acres.

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City of Liberty considers suing Hardin over sewers

City of Liberty considers suing Hardin over sewers | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
After Hardin Mayor Stephanie Blume and Mayor pro tem Anthony Landry addressed the Liberty City Council near the end of that council’s meeting on Tuesday evening, July 12, Liberty council members retired into a private executive session to discuss with counsel possible litigation between the two cities. At issue is Hardin’s repeatedly exceeding the limits allowed by contract for the disposal of Hardin’s wastewater into Liberty’s sewer system for treatment at the Liberty wastewater plant.
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TRA is now on Instagram - Follow us @traofficial

TRA is now on Instagram - Follow us @traofficial | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Trinity River Authority of Texas launched its official Instagram account last month. Follow us at @TRAOfficial.  

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Partnering Agreement Improves Coordination for Large Texas Water Supply Projects

DALLAS  – ( July, 27, 2016 ) Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division (USACE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) met today for a Partnering Agreement signing that will improve interagency coordination related to large water supply projects in the state of Texas. 

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City looking at increasing water, sewer rates

One of the biggest changes coming out of this year’s budget talks is an increase to both the water and sewer rates. The proposed changes – stemming from an annual rate study – are to increase the water rate 3 percent and the sewer rate by 10 percent.
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Boil water advisory issued for Valley Mills

Boil water advisory issued for Valley Mills | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
VALLEY MILLS, TX (KXXV) - The City of Valley Mills has issued a Boil Water advisory. According to a press release, recent conditions in the water system have caused low water pressure from a water main break located near Avenue H between 1st St. and Nutt St.
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6 Investigates: Water release data does not measure all impacts

6 Investigates: Water release data does not measure all impacts | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

CORPUS CHRISTI - Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon combine to form our reservoir system and it can hold about a million acre feet of water. Most years, though, the system is less than half full and that worries those who live on Lake Corpus Christi (Choke Canyon is a Bureau of Reclamation site and therefore, has no water front development).

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TWDB Approves SWIFT Funding for Sabine River Authority

A new modern facility ensuring dependable water to local industries and municipalities will be constructed in Southeast Texas thanks to the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) approval of financial assistance to the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA).
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Austin to Spend $165 Million for Smart Utility Upgrade

Austin to Spend $165 Million for Smart Utility Upgrade | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Austin Water will soon begin switching all customers to smart meters that electronically transmit data about water usage.
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State approves $66.5M to SSLGC for water supply project

This past week, the state approved funding for a multi-million dollar water project that would help supply future water needs to both Seguin and Schertz. “The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $66.5 million, consisting of a $43,670,000 low-interest loan and $22,830,000 in Board Participation, from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program to the Schertz/Seguin Local Government Corporation (Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe counties),” TWDB said in a Thursday press release. “The corporation will use the assistance to finance the planning, acquisition, design and construction costs associated with a water supply project.”

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Board approves $30 million increase to the budget

Board approves $30 million increase to the budget | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The base educational and general operating expense budget stands at $336.4 million; but the addition of an auxiliary enterprise budget of $1.9 million; mandatory transfers for Texas Public Education Grants and Revenue Bond Debt Service of $15.9 million; natatorium major repair fund addition of $51,000; non-mandatory transfers for San Antonio River Authority and State Energy Conservation office of $1.6 million; and capital expense budget of $3.3 million bring the total to $359.2 million.
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Texas water authority extends conservation efforts

Texas water authority extends conservation efforts | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) programme is aimed at helping communities develop and optimise water supplies at cost-effective rates. The programme provides low-interest loans, extended repayment terms, deferral of loan repayments, and incremental repurchase terms for projects with state ownership aspects.

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Trinity River Authority Of Texas Selects InfoWater And InfoWorks ICM SE

Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, recently announced that the Trinity River Authority of Texas (TRA) has selected InfoWater and InfoWorks ICM SE to manage its water and wastewater systems.

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Federal Appeals Court Rejects Punishing Texas Clean Air Rule

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Punishing Texas Clean Air Rule | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Opponents claimed the rule was 'political theater' to demonstrate progress in the fight against Global Warming, with Texas rate payers picking up the bill
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Invasive species threaten activities

Our way of life is under attack, and East Texans are actually contributing to the growing threat. Hitching up the boat and heading to the lake or river is a rite of summer for many in the Texas forest country. But the presence of invasive aquatic species threaten those activities.

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