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State to add 4,000 cameras along the Texas-Mexico border

Some of the 4,000 surveillance cameras that will be installed along the Texas-Mexico border will be in El Paso, state officials announced earlier this week.
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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 and wholesale electric customers award nearly $475,000 in grants to local communities

LCRA and wholesale electric customers award nearly $475,000 in grants to local communities | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Lower Colorado River Authority and its wholesale electric customers recently awarded nearly $475,000 in grants for community projects in the LCRA wholesale electric and water service areas. In this photo, the Bertram Volunteer Fire Department receives almost $45,000 for renovations to the fire station roof and new defibrillators. Applications will be accepted July 1-31 for the next round of grant awards.

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Hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled into a bay area neighborhood

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled into a bay area neighborhood | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage spilled into a neighborhood and the neighbors tell us it happens every time it floods.

 "When it rains, the sewer overflows, runs into the alleyway.  We have raw sewage, and toilet paper, and other things that have been flushed," Roger Braugh told our reporter.

According to the City flooding near Hewitt Drive and Santa Fe caused the sewage overflow sending a quarter of a million gallons of sewage into the bay. 
The spill has been reported to the TCEQ.

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Water line break in north Abilene highlights common problem

Water line break in north Abilene highlights common problem | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The city has a replacement program for cast iron water mains, some of which have been in service for nearly 100 years, Taylor said.

"Abilene, like all major cities, is challenged with maintaining its aging infrastructure," Taylor said. "The Abilene City Council is very aware of aging infrastructure conditions and it continues to provide funding for ongoing infrastructure maintenance and replacement activities and for necessary capital improvement projects."

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San Antonio River Authority Proposes Property Tax Hike In $222M Budget

San Antonio River Authority Proposes Property Tax Hike In $222M Budget | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The San Antonio River Authority’s board of directors adopted a $222.4 million budget for its 2018-2019 fiscal year that includes a tax increase of 7.5 percent on properties in its territory.

The tax increase isn’t final yet, with the River Authority’s board scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote on the new tax rate at its Aug. 15 meeting.

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Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant receives awards

Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant receives awards | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Garland’s Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant recently received two awards from the Water Environment Association of Texas.   Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant received the George Burke Jr. Award, which honors municipal and industrial wastewater facilities for active and effective safety programs at the national level. and.

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Wastewater spill in Corpus Christi sends sewage into the Bay

Corpus Christi has a message for people who live near the area where about 280,000 gallons of waste water spilled into Corpus Christi Bay Wednesday.

 Crews responded around 10 a.m., after finding out the flooding Tuesday on Hewitt Drive and Sante Fe Street caused the sewage overflow. They immediately notified the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or the TCEQ.

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'Carefully Constructed Balance' Upheld in Judge's Ruling on Edwards Aquifer

In a ruling this week on a water case that involved voting rights and control over the Edwards Aquifer, a San Antonio federal judge upheld the current balance of power in the aquifer’s governing body.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia on Monday ruled that the makeup of the board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) is not unconstitutional, as claimed in 2012 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the San Antonio Water System (SAWS).

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Army Corps of Engineers Announces Funding Plans to Aid Post-Harvey Texas

Army Corps of Engineers Announces Funding Plans to Aid Post-Harvey Texas | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced plans to use more than $509 million in funding for a series of Texas projects, including flood mitigation and other work for the Brays and Buffalo bayous.
The funding will also cover improvements to the Matagorda and Corpus Christi Ship Channels; and pay for studies of the state's coastline in an effort to help prevent damage from future storms, Click2Houston reported.

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'Love Lavon Lake' is new conservation campaign designed to help North Texans know their primary water source

'Love Lavon Lake' is new conservation campaign designed to help North Texans know their primary water source | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The campaign's call to action, 'Conserve your water source. Love Lavon Lake,' makes the connection between enjoying the lake in the hot summer months and appreciating its importance as a water source for everyday use such as gardening, clean laundry, a hot shower, and even a glass of Texas sweet tea.
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Debunking Alligator Gar Myths: TPWD Aims to Educate and Mitigate Fears

Debunking Alligator Gar Myths: TPWD Aims to Educate and Mitigate Fears | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Focusing on the misconceptions that many people in Texas have around the Alligator Gar species of fish, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has released a video on their YouTube channel which is aimed at debunking the myths.
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Wastewater employees file lawsuit against City of Corpus Christi

In 2017 current and former employees with the city's wastewater department filed a lawsuit against the city claiming the city should have provided extra compensation for years of working in an "on call" capacity.

Now retired Juan Garza worked for 27 years for the city's wastewater department.

"I got to stay; I got to work cause I'm on call," Garza said.

According to Garza, every four or five weeks employees would work ten days straight being on call.

"On call for an emergency coming in," Garza said. "You can't do nothing with your family can't go out of town, if you want to have fun spend time with friends. "Can't do that got to stay there and respond to an emergency call."

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Texas Water Development Board approves financial assistance for water projects

AUSTIN – (June 11, 2018) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $7,709,900 for water projects. Of this funding, $1.5 million was approved for rural water projects.

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LCRA to continue with its local dam rehabilitation and water supply projects

The Lower Colorado River Authority plans to continue a five-year focus on rehabilitating the Mansfield and Lake Buchanan dams to ensure their continued safe and effective operation, critical for water supplies and flood management, according to a May release laying out the Authority’s 2019 plans.

“With the fiscal year 2019 business and capital plans, we are crystallizing our vision of supporting this growing state and continue to work to provide excellent customer service when providing these diverse and important services,” said Timothy Timmerman, chairman of the LCRA board of directors.

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Race is on to open San Pedro Creek Culture Park... again

The race is on to get San Pedro Creek Culture Park open for the second time.

The brand new park, which opened for the first time May 5, has been closed for the last three weeks to retrofit and fix a problem.

Officials with the San Antonio River Authority had hoped the job would be complete by Thursday, in time for the summer solstice.

They said the central feature in the area, the Manantial, was designed with this date in mind, the longest day of the year.

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Red River outlines plans for H’wick improvements

Red River Water Authority is moving forward with plans to improve the water supply and resolve pressure issues in the City of Howardwick.

Speaking to city officials and residents at a June 12 city council meeting, Red River’s Utility Supervisor Ron Mullins said the authority will be laying about 4,000 feet of four-inch water line to the Carroll Creek Acres section to improve water pressure.

Mullins said the material for that project has been ordered and installation will begin as soon as it arrives in the city, hopefully this week. The project should take a month or less, he said.

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Officials approve flood mitigation strategy to lower Lake Conroe, pre-release Lake Houston

Officials approve flood mitigation strategy to lower Lake Conroe, pre-release Lake Houston | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A temporary flood mitigation strategy, which includes lowering Lake Conroe’s water level and employing pre-storm releases from Lake Houston, moves closer to reality following approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Friday.

The San Jacinto River Authority and the city of Houston were waiting on the TCEQ to approve the joint proposal before finalizing the proposal, according to a June 16 news release from the entities. According to the release, the TCEQ notified the entities on June 15 that the agency would use “enforcement discretion” if flood mitigation releases for Lake Conroe and Lake Houston exceed annual water rights.

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Dripping Springs Seeks Settlement In Wastewater Discharge Fight

Dripping Springs Seeks Settlement In Wastewater Discharge Fight | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Dripping Springs wants to be able to discharge treated wastewater into Onion Creek, but that's rubbed a lot of people downstream the wrong way. Now, city officials say, there may be a compromise on the table.

Groups and property owners located downstream had taken the fight to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which will ultimately decide whether to grant the city a permit. As the case pends, Dripping Springs says it's working on a settlement with many of its opponents that would allow the permit to go through, but limit the city’s ability to discharge waste.

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Ballinger water supply in compliance with TCEQ

BALLINGER - A recent public notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showing an elevated level of a chemical in the city’s water supply, raised the eyebrows of some local citizens and even a San Angelo media outlet, but city officials assure local residents that the water is safe in Ballinger.

BALLINGER - A recent public notice from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showing an elevated level of a chemical in the city’s water supply, raised the eyebrows of some local citizens and even a San Angelo media outlet, but city officials assure local residents that the water is safe in Ballinger.

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Texas News: Texas Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Storms Impact The Gulf Coast

Texas News: Texas Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Storms Impact The Gulf Coast | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as heavy rain and storms continue to impact the Texas coast.  The SOC has increased its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19.  Additionally, Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local officials in their response efforts.

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Officials approve lowering water levels in lakes Conroe and Houston to battle flooding

Officials approve lowering water levels in lakes Conroe and Houston to battle flooding | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
State and local officials have agreed on a temporary plan to reduce flooding risks in communities between Lake Conroe and Lake Houston by strategically lowering the levels of the two reservoirs.
The plan is intended to help prevent a recurrence of the catastrophic flooding that struck Kingwood, Humble and other northeast Harris County communities after Hurricane Harvey, when billions of gallons of water released from the Lake Conroe dam hurtled toward homes and businesses downstream. Hundreds of owners of flooded property sued the San Jacinto River Authority, which manages Lake Conroe, alleging that the releases were reckless and that affected residents didn't get adequate notice.
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TCEQ allows SJRA, city of Houston to proceed with flood mitigation strategies

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced Saturday they will allow temporary flood mitigation strategies including the seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe to move forward in partnership with the city of Houston.

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Montgomery County preparing for heavy rains, SJRA does not expect any releases

Montgomery County preparing for heavy rains, SJRA does not expect any releases | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

With a 10 percent chance of the weather system slowly moving into the Gulf of Mexico developing into a tropical storm, Montgomery County officials and the San Jacinto River Authority continue to monitor weather conditions and will take action if needed.

Residents should prepare for scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the weekend continuing through Tuesday, with the most intense rainfall expected Sunday afternoon through Monday evening.

According to the Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Montgomery County residents can expect heavy and intense rainfall of rates more than two inches per hour.

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TWDB Awards $7.7M To Improve Water Systems; San Marcos Among Recipients

TWDB Awards $7.7M To Improve Water Systems; San Marcos Among Recipients | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved $7.7 million to improve water systems in this state that includes $1.5 million for upgrading water systems in rural areas. TWDB officials approved $3 million from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to assist the city of Bandera.

The city will use the assistance to finance the planning, acquisition, design and construction phases of a water system improvement project. The city will replace a ground storage tank, an elevated storage tank and will install high-service pumps.

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Trinity River Authority of Texas selects the SLG® solution to optimize its sludge dewatering and related costs

TRA has chosen to deploy a first SLG® solution at a wastewater treatment plant covering the equivalent of 1,300,000 inhabitants for sludge conditioning and dewatering upstream of a belt filter press. SLG® will enable TRA to significantly reduce sludge volumes and transport costs, while effectively capturing sludge odors and further improving filtrate quality.

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Monster gator spotted at Lake Livingston

Monster gator spotted at Lake Livingston | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The photos and video were sent to KPRC by Tree Richards, who said the gators are out all the time.

Richards said he's never seen any aggressive incidents, but he and his family do their best to not disturb the gators.

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