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SCOTUS Says Upstream States Must Reduce River Usage To Aid Downstream States During Drought

SCOTUS Says Upstream States Must Reduce River Usage To Aid Downstream States During Drought | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

“I think that this ruling really puts Texas in a fairly good position in terms of being able to claim that there are steps that the upstream state could take to help Texas get the water it’s entitled to in a river system.”

 

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Senators Submit Comments on Overreaching Groundwater Regulation - Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and committee members Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), sent a letter to David Ross, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assistant administrator for water, regarding overreaching groundwater regulation. The letter also served as the senators’ formal comments in response to the EPA’s request for public comment on the issue. 

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Appeal of judge’s ruling on Bastrop groundwater issue up in the air

Appeal of judge’s ruling on Bastrop groundwater issue up in the air | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it
A battle over groundwater rights in Bastrop County marches on.
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Supreme Court hears arguments in two original jurisdiction cases concerning water disputes

Supreme Court hears arguments in two original jurisdiction cases concerning water disputes | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it
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At War Over Water, Texas And New Mexico Will Face Off Next Week At The Supreme Court

At War Over Water, Texas And New Mexico Will Face Off Next Week At The Supreme Court | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it
“This has put everybody into a mode of anxiety and tension because we don’t know what the Supreme Court will do, and we don’t know what kind of action we’ll have to take once they move forward on the decisions they make,” Gary Esslinger says.
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Oral Arguments Scheduled in Texas-New Mexico Water Right

Oral Arguments Scheduled in Texas-New Mexico Water Right | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lengthy battle between New Mexico and Texas over management of one of North America's longest rivers.

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Oil & Gas: Lessons point to future of water, following Harvey

The importance of the oil and gas industry to this state cannot be understated.

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Texas House Members Have Their Own Priorities – And They're Not The Governor's

Texas House Members Have Their Own Priorities – And They're Not The Governor's | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

The rules of a special legislative session are pretty simple: The governor rules. Only the governor can call a special session , and only the governor can

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Vetoes of Larson’s bills don’t pass the sniff test

Vetoes of Larson’s bills don’t pass the sniff test | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

Among the casualties, a bill for brackish water development; another bill on using a state fund for desalination and aquifer storage facilities; and others extending ground water permits and promoting conservation easements. Larson told Express-News journalist Peggy Fikac the vetoes were retribution for an ethics bill that would have stopped the governor of Texas from performing traditional pay-to-play politics. In this case, Larson’s legislation would have prevented the governor from appointing anyone who made a campaign donation of at least $2,500 in the past year to a board or commission. Any decision to sideline legislative efforts in this regard is, at best, regrettable.

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Abbott vetoes 50 bills passed by Legislature

Abbott vetoes 50 bills passed by Legislature | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed 50 bills that were passed during the regular legislative session, his office announced Thursday.

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State Lawmakers: Who Owns The Right To Groundwater? | Texas Public Radio

State Lawmakers: Who Owns The Right To Groundwater? | Texas Public Radio | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

Many rural groundwater conservation boards are considering or have already decided to export some of their water to nearby urban centers. Farmers are

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U.S. Drought Monitor Author Dispels Common Myths | TSLN.com

U.S. Drought Monitor Author Dispels Common Myths | TSLN.com | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

As the summer grazing season approaches, ranchers will be watching the U.S. Drought Monitor closely to see if their pastures have shifted to a higher drought category. In a

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Does the Clean Water Act Apply to Groundwater?

Does the Clean Water Act Apply to Groundwater? | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

If a person discharges a pollutant from a point source into groundwater, and that pollutant then reaches a “Water of the United States” as defined under the Clean Water Act, is a discharge permit required?  Two recent court cases have reached different results on this issue and now the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on this question. Background The Clean Water Act Section 402 requires a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the discharge of “pollutants” from “point sources” into “navigable waters.”  Each of... Read More →

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‘Gluten-free water’ and other absurd labelling trends

‘Gluten-free water’ and other absurd labelling trends | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

What exactly is premium water, and what’s behind the trend in so-called absence labels?

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Food labeling and "gluten-free" water. 
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In Deep Water

In Deep Water | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

As severe drought returns to New Mexico, farmers and skiers alike fret over the state’s lack of snow. Meanwhile, on a cold, cloudy Monday morning in

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Bastrop County landowners can challenge groundwater permit, court says

Bastrop County landowners can challenge groundwater permit, court says | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it
Four Bastrop County landowners won a decisive court victory this week when a district judg
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Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States

Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

Six western states now allow recreational use of marijuana, creating a huge new legal market for cannabis farmers. But the implications for water supplies remain a big unknown. "It looks like

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There is much to consider when implementing policy.
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First-Ever Lawsuit Asks: Does the Colorado River Have a Right to Exist?

A federal suit filed against the state of Colorado seeks to establish ‘personhood’ status for the mighty watercourse. Mari Margil, an attorney working on the case, explains what that would mean.

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Texas vs. NM water fight could drag on for 10 years, attorney says

The lawsuit boils down to control over groundwater in south-central New Mexico, and the city believes the state of New Mexico is the controlling authority.
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Nevada attorney general leads 10-state coalition defending state rights in regulating groundwater

Nevada attorney general leads 10-state coalition defending state rights in regulating groundwater | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) — Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced Aug. 10 that he is leading a 10-state coalition of attorneys general in a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending state rights in regulating groundwater.

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Feds spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars creating a video game about clean water

Feds spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars creating a video game about clean water | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it

The National Institute of Health …

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The Best and Worst Legislators 2017

The Best and Worst Legislators 2017 | By the Book - Texas Water Legislation | Scoop.it
Around the Texas Capitol this year, it wasn’t unusual to hear the 85th Legislature described as the worst anyone could remember. While we wouldn’t go that
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