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The Watermaster: Another water controversy

Regardless of whether Mark Twain really said “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over” or not, we have seen that Texans do fight over water.  
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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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Floating nuclear plant to be dismantled in Texas - Washington Times

Floating nuclear plant to be dismantled in Texas - Washington Times | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Crews in Galveston have completed work on a World War II-era military cargo ship that previously served as a barge-mounted nuclear reactor.
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TWRI to hold meeting on improving water quality on Cibolo Creek

LA VERNIA – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect the mid and lower Cibolo Creek watershed. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Grace Bible Church, 390 Farm-to-Market Road  1346 in La Vernia. […]
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Who pays for damage to Richardson homes flooded by water pipe break? 

At one corner of a tony Richardson neighborhood deluged last month by a Noah-sized flood, residents coping with the aftermath of cascading water choked back tears.

“You work so hard to have a home,” said resident Brenda Neary, who described an “explosion” of water when a 37-year old water main suddenly broke near the city’s Breckinridge Park.

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Questions still loom after termination of Black Castle wastewater contract

After voting to terminate plans for a city-owned wastewater plant, Wimberley city leaders’ next step in addressing its wastewater woes remains unclear. But in the interim, some Wimberley residents are waiting in limbo, confused and concerned... #blackcastleconstruction #garybarchfeld #merryklonower
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San Jacinto River Authority preparing for widespread rainfall, keeping eye on Lake Conroe watershed

 With current forecasts predicting anywhere from two to four inches of rainfall (widespread, as of 6:30 AM Sept. 12) in and around the Lake Conroe area, San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) employees are implementing their standard procedures for a rainfall event, including establishing 24-hour work schedules, testing all equipment, positioning generators and fuel, and preparing for event operations.

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Gates Open at Lake Houston Spillway 

Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Lake Houston Area residents aware all gates on the Lake Houston Spillway Dam are open due to the current inclement weather threat to our area. The gates will remain open until a lake level of 41.5 feet is achieved or the weather threat to our area is lifted

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Recent rainfall shows elevation increase for Lake Travis

Combined storage in lakes Travis and Buchanan has risen about 19,800 acre-feet since Sept. 4, bringing the overall capacity to about 69 percent full, Lower Colorado River Authority officials said Monday. Lake Buchanan has risen about .3 feet and has gained 6,200 acre-feet of water. 

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Healing from Harvey

Greg Hall Jr. is used to riding out storms. He has done it many times in his 15 years as superintendent of the city of Conroe, Texas’ wastewater treatment plant, often staying on site for anywhere from four to six days at a time. He did so during the “Tax-Day Flood” in 2016 and did not have any reason to suspect anything would be different during Hurricane Harvey. 

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Proposed treatment plant could affect Salado drinking water, ecosystem, officials say

M.L. Development of Pattison — a small city west of Houston in Waller County — submitted an application to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a wastewater treatment plant. The company is proposing to build the plant at the intersection of Hackberry Drive and Interstate 35 near the small unincorporated community of Prairie Dell.

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Partnership releases protection plan to reduce fecal matter in San Jacinto River

The West Fork Watershed Partnership posted the final draft of a plan to reduce fecal matter that is polluting the West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek, both of which flow into one of the Houston area's primary supplies of public-use water - Lake Houston.
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City of Como Awarded $275,000 Grant to Improve Wastewater Plant 

City of Como Awarded $275,000 Grant to Improve Wastewater Plant  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

From the City of Como, Tx Facebook Page:

“The City of Como was recently awarded a $275,000 grant from Texas Dept. Of Agriculture. This grant can only be used to enhance our wastewater plant, but we are thrilled to be able to fix the broken and make additions to our plant. I’ll do my best to give details as we go along and make improvements.”

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Voters to decide $102 million wastewater plant referendum this fall

DANBURY — The fate of a pivotal $102 million bond referendum will be in the hands of Danbury voters in the November general election.The vote will decide whether the city can complete federal- and state-mandated upgrades to its regional wastewater treatment on time or whether the city could face tens of millions of dollars in penalties from environmental authorities.

Those stakes leave both voters and city officials in a bind, officials conceded.

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SAWS crews respond to sewage overflow on North Side 

SAN ANTONIO - This week’s heavy rainfall caused another sewage overflow at a wastewater treatment facility, according to officials from San Antonio Water System. 

The overflow occurred in the 12000 block of Farview Lane in the Salado Creek area near Wurzbach Parkway. The spill was the result of heavy rains and infiltration into the sanitary sewer. 

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UTSA and Cibolo Preserve renew research collaboration agreement | UTSA Today | UTSA | The University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA and Cibolo Preserve renew research collaboration agreement | UTSA Today | UTSA | The University of Texas at San Antonio | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
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The UTSA Vice President for Research, Economic Development, and Knowledge Enterprise (VPREDKE) and the Cibolo Preserve have renewed their research collaboration master agreement for another five years. Cibolo Preserve, a Texas charitable foundation/nonprofit, allows UTSA faculty, staff and students the controlled access to observe, instruct and conduct research per an application and vetting process managed by the VPREDKE.

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Raw, untreated water sample from well indicates presence of E. coli bacteria, SAWS says

SAN ANTONIO - A raw, untreated water sample from a well near Bear Creek Drive indicated the presence of E. coli bacteria during standard water quality sampling, according to San Antonio Water System.Water officials said the well is in far west San Antonio, between West Military Drive and Loop 1604, south of Marbach Road and north of Highway 90 West

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Hundreds of dead fish wash up on Texas beach, waters test positive for red tide

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Hundreds of fish washed up on the beach in Packery Channel, betweenPadre Island and Mustang Island, on Wednesday.

Texas Parks and Wildlife tested the water along the beachfront following the fish kill, consisting mainly of gizzard shad, and identified a localized red tide bloom.

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San Marcos to reduce water restrictions to Stage 1 after generous rain

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The city of San Marcos will drop its drought restrictions back to Stage 1 after receiving generous amounts of rain over the Edwards Aquifer.

Stage 1 water restrictions limit the use of sprinklers to one day per week. The designated weekday for each home is determined by address.

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San Angelo residents to reduce water use in city-wide boil water notice

The City of San Angelo is asking residents to cut back on water use amid a city-wide boil water notice. In a 10:30 a. m. Facebook post Wednesday, the city says a boil water notice issued Tuesday is still in effect. The city is also asking everyone to reduce water use as much as possible; use paper plates, take short showers, and monitor toilet flushing as much as possible.
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San Antonio River Authority to Build UTSA Lab for Aquifer Protection Studies

San Antonio River Authority to Build UTSA Lab for Aquifer Protection Studies | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
San Antonio City Council is scheduled to approve a $2.67 grant to the University of Texas at San Antonio for biological studies that examine the health of the Leon Creek watershed, a project that includes construction of a "Living Laboratory."
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Here's how much rain actually helped San Angelo reservoirs

SAN ANGELO — Despite nearly a solid week of rainy weather that literally flooded San Angelo streets Friday, the city will remain in Drought Level 1.

"Our reservoirs captured about (one) month of water supply during last week's rains," according to a statement from the City of San Angelo Public Information Office. "That increased San Angelo's water supply from 23 months to 24."

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City of Bishop increases sanitation, wastewater rates

Bishop residents can expect a lower tax rate this coming fiscal year, but increases to sanitation and wastewater fees, following a special meeting of the Bishop City Council earlier this week.

The Bishop City Council met on Wednesday to adopt the city’s budget and tax rate for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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Recent ongoing rains trigger sewer spill, SAWS officials say

SAN ANTONIO - Recent ongoing rains have triggered an additional sewer spill, with the most recent spill happening Friday in the 6600 block of Swiss Oak Drive, according to San Antonio Water System.

Crews will initiate cleanup of the area when floodwaters recede. SAWS officials said the spilled amount exceeded the requirement for public notice.

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Appeals court bars Bastrop Co. residents from contesting water permit

A pumping permit to allow water marketing company Recharge Texas to export up to 15 billion gallons of water per year from the Simsboro Aquifer was reinstated last week after a Texas appeals court issued a verdict that blocked landowners in Bastrop and Lee counties from challenging the permit.

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Officials pursue flood control studies, future projects that affect the Lake Houston area

More than one year after Hurricane Harvey hit the Lake Houston area, county and area water officials are pushing forward flood studies that could identify flood control solutions in channels that flow into the San Jacinto River. However, officials said actual projects are years away as the studies take time to complete.
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Wimberley wastewater treatment contract terminated despite protests

Wimberley wastewater treatment contract terminated despite protests | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Plans for a Wimberley-owned wastewater treatment plant were flushed away last week after city leaders chose to terminate the existing contract for the proposed project. The decision to do so, which came via a 4-1 Wimberley City Council... #allisondavis #craigforeandmikemccullough #garybarchfeld
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