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Texans await access to 3 tracts of public land

Three pieces of what little is left of a Texas that would be recognizable to the Karankawa, Comanche, Cabeza de Vaca and my GGGG-grandfather James Tompkins, who slipped his family across the River Jordan (the Sabine) and into The Promised Land almost 200 years ago, likely will remain that way because of actions taken over the past few months.
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exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas
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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Weekend storms eased drought in Central Texas

Weekend storms eased drought in Central Texas | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Storms that swept across Central Texas over the weekend helped ease drought conditions in some parts of the state, including in the Austin area, according to a new map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
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San Antonio River Authority Approves 7.5% Tax Hike to Fund Flood Models

San Antonio River Authority Approves 7.5% Tax Hike to Fund Flood Models | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
River Authority officials say the rate increase is all about responding to the need for better flood preparedness that emerged after Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Gulf Coast nearly a year ago.
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Flood studies in The Woodlands area continue, solutions still years away

Flood studies in The Woodlands area continue, solutions still years away | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Sparked by the damage Hurricane Harvey brought to the area one year ago, county and area water officials are pushing forward flood studies in hopes of preventing future flooding. However, as many residents anxiously wait out this year’s hurricane season, actual construction to prevent flooding may be years away from beginning.

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With other WF water projects complete, Lake Ringgold becomes top

With other WF water projects complete, Lake Ringgold becomes top | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Despite all the rain, Wichita Falls got on Monday, city leaders are always thinking about the next drought.On Tuesday Wichita Falls City Council is expected to adopt revisions to their Water Conservation and Drought Contingency plan.It's something they're required to do every five years.But they're doing it six months early so they can include it in an application for their latest water conservation project, Lake Ringgold.

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Did rain do enough to lift San Angelo's water supply?

Did rain do enough to lift San Angelo's water supply? | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Although San Angelo has received a good amount of rainfall since last week, Drought Level 1 restrictions appear unlikely to end just yet.

The city has received 3.59 inches of rain since Thursday, pushing the 2018 total to 13.52 inches, according to the National Weather Service of San Angelo. That's over an inch above the year-to-date average of 12.48 inches, but the water supply remains under 24 months.

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 Additional dam gates ‘most important’ flood prevention project for Lake Houston area

 Additional dam gates ‘most important’ flood prevention project for Lake Houston area | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, a representative and resident of the Kingwood area, believes the addition of 10 gates to the Lake Houston dam is the single most important project that can be done to prevent future flooding in the Lake Houston area.
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Lake Project Advances, Completion Expected 2025

Lake Project Advances, Completion Expected 2025 | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A new lake project to add to the North Texas water supply is progressing through the permitting process and is expected to be completed by 2025.

Lake Ralph Hall, named for the area's longtime congressman, is being developed along the North Sulphur River in Fannin County, 25 miles north of Greenville, Texas, and 63 miles northeast of Dallas.

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Water line damaged at Woodlands Parkway, Branch Crossing Drive intersection

A 16-inch water line was damaged at the intersection of The Woodlands Parkway and Branch Crossing Drive, leaving dozens without water Thursday afternoon.

According to The Woodlands Joint Powers Agency, a contractor ruptured the San Jacinto River Authority water line and crews were headed to the scene to shut the water off and establish a plan to restore services as soon as possible.

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2017: What Fort Worth businesses use the most water? 

2017: What Fort Worth businesses use the most water?  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Ten Fort Worth businesses in 2017 used nearly 2.6 billion gallons of water. The top five: the MillerCoors brewery, Alcon Laboratories, the Fort Worth school district, Lockheed Martin and Texas Health Resources.
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Arlington City Manager Proposes $500 Million Budget for 2019 | City of Arlington, TX

Increased fees from the Trinity River Authority to the City and necessary upgrades for the John Kubala Water Treatment Plant are expected to result in a $2.01 per month, or 6.18 percent, increase for the average residential water utilities customer. The fees, if approved, would not be implemented until January.

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American Water Recognized for Excellence in Water Quality by Par

American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, is proud to announce the achievement of ten Partnership for Safe Water awards. The awards, which honor the efforts in continuously optimizing treatment plant and distribution system operation and performance, were presented during the 2018 American Water Works Association Annual Conference.

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The U.S. has no good plan for our upcoming water crisis

Climate change threatens water everywhere, but tension between different levels of U.S. government has stalled our response.
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Hill Country in extreme drought; Travis County in moderate drought

Hill Country in extreme drought; Travis County in moderate drought | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Travis County has slipped into moderate drought after several weeks with little to no rain, a map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows.

The latest data shows that, as of Thursday, only 22 percent of the state is drought-free, compared to 73 percent at this time last year.

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LCRA replacing Tom Miller Dam floodgates

LCRA replacing Tom Miller Dam floodgates | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting next week, the Lower Colorado River Authority will be removing and replacing each of the nine floodgates at Tom Miller Dam in central Austin.

The project is expected to last 18 months and cost $9.9 million. The floodgates being replaced are the original floodgates installed during construction of the dam nearly 80 years ago.

The LCRA says the dam will remain operational in case of flooding and for water supply needs. One by one, floodgates will be removed and each one will take about six weeks to replace. 

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Hurricane Harvey-caused water and air pollution likely far higher than residents realize

Hurricane Harvey-caused water and air pollution likely far higher than residents realize | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Changing estimates of Hurricane Harvey-related pollution underscore questions about just how much air and water pollution was truly released in the aftermath of Harvey and how much of it could or should have been avoided by better planning, maintenance and procedures, a new report says. The report, released Thursday, chronicles the amount of air and water pollution caused by Harvey and how state, local and industrial officials can better prepare for the next big storm.
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As lake levels drop, LCRA undergoes review that could lead to legislative changes

As lake levels drop, LCRA undergoes review that could lead to legislative changes | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Lower Colorado River Authority is in the midst of its first sunset review, which could result in the Texas Legislature mandating the entity make changes to its performance and mission.

Organizations such as nonprofit Central Texas Water Coalition see the sunset process as an opportunity to invoke change.

The LCRA came into existence in 1935 by an act of the Legislature. It was created to address the flooding of the Colorado River, provide a source of reliable water and generate electricity through the construction of a series of dams.

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Port Arthur blames flooding on collapsed pipes

The 50-year-old pipes running under Babe Zaharias Golf Course are supposed to funnel water into its detention ponds, moving it away from the street, away from nearby homes and into the canals that feed into Drainage District 7's pumps.

That would help keep the Stonegate area dry, with less flooding on and around Jimmy Johnson Boulevard, where new houses and developments have opened up in recent years. 

But the pipes haven't been replaced since the course opened, and many of them have collapsed, head golf professional Mitch Duncan said.

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Is there only one natural lake in Texas? Take a swim with Curious Texas

Texas lakes are a go-to for summer fun. It only takes a short drive from Dallas to find multiple spots for boating, fishing and swimming. While these lakes may look and feel natural, many of them are actually man-made.

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San Antonio's Budgets on the Rise

San Antonio's Budgets on the Rise | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

$1.5 million was the most recent projected cost of the Plethora sculpture, which will no longer be the centerpiece public art work at San Pedro Creek Culture Park. The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) issued a request for qualifications last week seeking a new public art project for the site.

Plethora‘s original budget of $735,000 escalated in part because of a change to a more expensive construction material to improve the sculpture’s structural integrity.

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Council receives water, wastewater rate study

Better water conservation is good for the environment, not so good for public coffers when it comes to generating water sales to pay the costs of moving water in and out of homes and businesses.

Mineral Wells has seen declining water sales on top of the loss of some large-volume water customers in recent years, including Corrections Corporation of America, operators of the private prison that was the city's largest single utility customer before closing.

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New White Paper Examines the Role of GIS in Wastewater

WinCan, a worldwide leader in wastewater asset management software, has released a white paper examining the role of geographic information systems (GIS) in wastewater asset management. This paper helps wastewater system supervisors understand how GIS can improve the wastewater industry through improved data utilization, allowing for more proactive system management.

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Texas farmers experience high water bills amid ongoing summer heat

Texas farmers experience high water bills amid ongoing summer heat | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

AUSTIN -- Ryan Farnau is experiencing high water bills this summer for his urban farm and having to rely on using city water, though he’s implemented a rain catchment system. “After one rain event, like July 4, we filled our rain catchment totes which are over 400 gallons a piece,” Farnau said. “We used that rainwater in less than a week.” Farnau, who owns F-Stop Farm in Austin, has a system that’s able to hold more than 2,200 gallons of rainwater. However, the ongoing Texas heat and drought is impacting farmers and their crops across the state. Farnau hasn’t had many opportunities to use rainwater for his farm.

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Nature Holds Key to Nurturing Green Water Treatment Facilities

A team of international scientists, led by water engineering experts from the University of Exeter, has pioneered an innovative new method to incorporate ecological processes to allow ‘green’ water treatment facilities.

The ground-breaking technique centres around creating a distinctive water system that uses both artificial and natural systems, incorporated within the treatment pipeline, to transform potentially harmful elements such as carbon, phosphoruxs and nitrogen from wastewater into renewable energy and materials.

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SJRA to lower Lake Conroe water levels starting Wednesday

SJRA to lower Lake Conroe water levels starting Wednesday | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

With the city of Houston’s official approval, the San Jacinto River Authority will begin the temporary seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe on Wednesday as flood mitigation strategy.

SJRA board members first voted in April for a proposed plan that would call for lowering Lake Conroe on a temporary basis in the spring and fall.

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Water Utilities Recognized For Transformational Initiatives

Thirty-two water utilities are being recognized for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients.

The Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve.

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