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Outdoors notebook: Survey’s gone, not Lake Fork’s big bass

Because of declining reports, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department pulled the plug on its Lake Fork Trophy Bass Survey in May 2013. The voluntary survey asked anglers to report the catch of Lake Fork bass weighing 7 pounds or more.
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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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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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Officials Aim to Reopen Park Portion of San Pedro Creek Later in June

Officials Aim to Reopen Park Portion of San Pedro Creek Later in June | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The San Antonio River Authority closed the section because children were swimming in the water, which may contain harmful bacteria.The River Authority, which oversees maintenance of the park, closed the section at the end of May so work crews could make the spout and channel that symbolically start the creek shallower, said Suzanne Scott, the authority’s general manager. The decision came after visitors, mainly children, were spotted swimming and submerging themselves in the water there.

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As summer heats up San Marcos turns to tougher water restrictions

As summer heats up San Marcos turns to tougher water restrictions | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Summer officially starts next week, but surrounding cities are already feeling the heat and enforcing water restrictions. San Marcos went to Stage 1 restrictions two weeks ago, and it could be calling for Stage 2 restrictions by the beginning of next week. 
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Fannin County reservoir name debate could lead to change

Fannin County reservoir name debate could lead to change | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

BONHAM, Texas (KXII) The North Texas Municipal Water District broke ground on the $1.6 billion reservoir project at the end of May.

While some thought the ceremony was held for Bois D'arc Lake, it was actually a groundbreaking for the North Texas Municipal Lake- a name change the district made in April.

“Our landowners gave up 16 thousand acres, we gave up our water,” Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser said. “We feel like we’ve been taken advantage of and everyone wants a more romantic name for the lake. Bois d’Arc Lake is what I think a majority of the public want.”

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Palestine 'deragger' helps unclog wastewater woes

Palestine 'deragger' helps unclog wastewater woes | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

So-called ‘flushable wipes’ are clogging city sewer systems and becoming an issue across the country and the globe.The City of Palestine is not immune to the issue. Sewer pumps have been taken offline, almost daily, to clear them of debris.Benjamin Day, a Palestine Sewer System operator, says he sees everything in the sewer system from makeup and baby wipes, and from rags to trash bags.

“You know, the normal person doesn’t think about what happens to it once it goes down the drain,” said Mark Fletcher, the Palestine Sewer System Supervisor.

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Low-cost sensors can improve flood management

Low-cost sensors can improve flood management | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

When it comes to flood management, many cities depend on sensors to provide real-time insights that can give officials some warning so they can close roads and mitigate other flood-related risks. The Department of Homeland Security’s Flood Awareness Apex program is working with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services and the Kentucky Division of Water to install low-cost flood sensors as part of scalable network to track and monitor water conditions.

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LCRA asks to drill eight water wells into the Simsboro Aquifer

LCRA asks to drill eight water wells into the Simsboro Aquifer | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District is gearing up to adjudicate a request from the region’s largest utility entity to drill eight water wells in Bastrop County and suck billions of gallons of water per year from the underlying Simsboro Aquifer.

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Infrastructure and Resilience Projects Ahead

Industry leaders agree that the majority of markets across the five-state region of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas are growing.

“There is clearly a shift emerging from retail to industrial,” says Aaron Nathan, Texas regional leader at Kimley-Horn. “While the shift from retail-driven to distribution-driven markets has been talked about for several years, we are now seeing it play out.”

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North Texas breaks ground on $1.6B reservoir

North Texas breaks ground on $1.6B reservoir | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The North Texas Municipal Water District on May 25 broke ground on the $1.6 billion North Texas Municipal Lake, the first major new reservoir in North Texas in almost 30 years.Archer Western is reportedly the construction manager for the project, which has already seen a month's worth of excavation work, according to North Texas E-News. Tennessee-based Phillips & Jordan has been performing excavation work at the site of the reservoir's dam, and Hammett Excavation out of Dodd City, Texas, has been doing road and tree removal work. Crews will eventually build a 90-foot-high by 700-foot-wide earthen dam capable of storing 120 billion gallons of water, which will help serve the district's 1.7 million customers.

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Section of San Pedro Creek deemed unsafe for swimming

Section of San Pedro Creek deemed unsafe for swimming | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

SAN ANTONIO -- People visiting the newly opened San Pedro Creek Culture Park will notice a popular section off limits.

San Antonio River Authority closed an area to stop people from swimming in the creek water, which is deemed to be unsafe. A small section at the Plaza de Fundacion is now closed for design and safety changes.

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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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Biologists burn river's Mission Reach

On Tuesday, for the first time ever, a rangeland fire purposefully ate through acres of territory on the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River in south San Antonio.

Biologists burned the area in the name of creating better habitat. Using a drip torch filled with a mixture of gasoline and diesel fuel, a burn master carefully ignited the tall, dry vegetation on the banks of the river to destroy non-native species and help encourage the growth of desired natives.

“Native species are well-adapted to the fire and non-native species are not as well adapted,” San Antonio River Authority Mission Reach Superintendent Justin Krobot said.

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San Antonio River Authority Celebrating National Rivers Month with Environmental Film Festival

San Antonio River Authority Celebrating National Rivers Month with Environmental Film Festival | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

In partnership with the South Yuba River Citizens League’s (SYRCL) Annual Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) is presenting its fifth annual film festival in celebration of National Rivers Month in June. The fest will screen national and international shorts focused on issues such as nature, adventure, wildlife, environmental justice and conservation.

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Student Team Reveals Years of Sewage Spill Data

Student Team Reveals Years of Sewage Spill Data | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
Students say public agencies could make data about spills more accessible, increasing the issue's visibility and helping target solutions.
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San Antonio River Authority hosts Environmental Film Fest

SAN ANTONIO — Get ready outdoors and film lovers, the San Antonio River Authority is teaming up with The Wild and Scenic Film Fest to host the Environmental Film Fest.

This is the fifth year SARA has brought the festival to San Antonio. Each year, the festival attracts top filmmakers, celebrities and leading activists in hopes to inspire people to protect the environment and rivers through film.

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SJRA begins gradual process of lowering pooling level at Lake Conroe

The San Jacinto River Authority began lowering the pooling levels at Lake Conroe to help prevent flooding downstream in the Lake Houston area in May, said board member Kaaren Cambio.

The entity’s goal is to lower Lake Conroe’s daily pooling level by 2 feet between mid August and September.

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Do zebra mussels in our lakes have an upside? State experts say no

Do zebra mussels in our lakes have an upside? State experts say no | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

An animal the size of a grain of sand with the growth potential of about an inch and half has infested Lake Travis. Its sharp shell can cut up lakegoers’ feet and its rapid reproduction can cause economic and ecological damage.

In less than a year, the population of zebra mussels in Lake Travis has boomed and found its way downstream to Lake Austin. Because of the size of the lakes, eradication is an unlikely option. Does this invasive species have an upside? At least one state expert says no.

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The Texas Water Development Board wants the public to share windmill and watertower photos

The Texas Water Development Board wants the public to share windmill and watertower photos | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it
On July 1, The Texas Water Development Board, Texas Historical Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would like the public to share windmill and water-tower photos.According to the Texas Water Development Board,  We'll be on the lookout for two i
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San Antonio Bay Partnership speaks for environment, especially during drought

Some are speaking up for those who can’t say they’re thirsty.

Oysters, blue crabs and perhaps most famously, endangered whooping cranes, all depend on the estuary, or the place where the San Antonio and Guadalupe rivers’ mouths widen and meet the Gulf of Mexico, mixing fresh and saltwater.

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