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TCEQ daily air quality

Moderate winds and low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.
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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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 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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Alligator Gar found in lower Brazos for statewide study

Alligator Gar found in lower Brazos for statewide study | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department found several Alligator Gar at the river on Wednesday.According to the TPWD, there are Alligator Gar studies underway at numerous sites. At the lower Brazos, they were able to catch, measure and tag Alligator Gar.All the fish were caught, measured, tagged, DNA samples were taken and promptly released.

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Montgomery County Residents Push Back Against Lowering of Lake Conroe

Some Montgomery County residents are furious about a plan to lower water levels on Lake Conroe. Starting this week, the San Jacinto River Authority has begun temporarily lowering the water in lake as part of a project to reduce flood risks on the river. 

Mike Bleier is president of the Lake Conroe Association, an environmental nonprofit made up of local property owners.

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Clear Creek flood plan gets $295M in federal funds

Clear Creek flood plan gets $295M in federal funds | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced July 5 that it will fund a decades-old plan to improve Clear Creek to handle future flood events and reduce the risk of damage to lives and property for the communities along the creek which runs west to east and serves as the dividing line between Brazoria County to the south, and Harris County to the north.
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Temporary flood mitigation plan released for Lake Houston, Lake Conroe

HOUSTON -The City of Houston on Tuesday released a temporary flood mitigation plan for Lake Houston and Lake Conroe.

Lake Houston, which is operated by the City of Houston and the Coastal Water Authority, will operate using a pre-release approach, city officials said. If the National Weather Service predicts more than 3 inches of rain within the San Jacinto River basin in a 48-hour period, Coastal Water Authority will then lower Lake Houston from 42.5 feet to 41.5 feet.

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SJRA to lower Lake Conroe water levels starting Wednesday

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.

As the majority water-right holder of Lake Conroe, owning two-thirds of the water rights, and the city of Houston had to make the final decision which was announced on Monday.

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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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City Council Approves Rezoning in World Heritage Area

City Council Approves Rezoning in World Heritage Area | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

San Antonio City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a package of zoning changes aimed at managing development surrounding the four Spanish colonial missions along the San Antonio River on the city’s South Side.

Dozens of properties in the so-called World Heritage Buffer Zone were “downzoned” – meaning any new business or structures there will be restricted to lower intensity uses – and others were given mixed-use zoning that allows for more flexible development. Click here to learn more about the changes and download maps of the properties

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Governor Abbott Names Chair And Appoints Seven To Upper Colorado River Authority Board Of Directors

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Wade “Tanner” Mahan and Kathryn Mews and reappointed Hugh “Che” Stone, III to the Upper Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. In addition, he appointed Erica Hall and reappointed Eva Horton and Ronny Alexander for terms set to expire on February 1, 2021, and reappointed William “Bill” Hood for a term set to expire on February 1, 2019. The Governor named Horton chair of the board.

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Neighborhood Under Boil Water Order For Fifth Time This Year

About 1,400 homeowners near Granbury are being warned to boil their water – for the fifth time in just the last year.

Monarch, the private water company in the Oak Trail Shores neighborhood, blamed the “mechanical failure of a critical filter” and said it is working to fix the problem.

But customers said this is just the latest incident and that their water service has been unreliable for years.

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Dredging on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River set to begin in August

Dredging on the West Fork of the San Jacinto River set to begin in August | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
A contractor hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin dredging a portion of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River this month to remove sedimentation and debris deposited in the river during Hurricane Harvey.
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Texas Water Development Board Announces Funding for 15 Water and Wastewater Projects

Texas Water Development Board Announces Funding for 15 Water and Wastewater Projects | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

On July 26, 2018, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) announced the approval of approximately $23 millionin financial assistance to be put towards 15 water and wastewater projects.

$21 million of the funding will be put towards three projects, two in South Texas cities and one in a rural area. The remaining cash injection will be spread across 12 project sponsors across the state.

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