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New challenges hamper rebuilding efforts in Bastrop State Park

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — It’s been more than three years since wildfires scorched 96 percent of Bastrop State Park. The fire was unforgiving, leaving behind deep scars.
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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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San Antonio crews working to clear trash from waterways ahead of weekend rain

In what should be the city's most pristine play places, work crews with more than 50 people are struggling all over town to remove putrid mats of rotting trash from local waterways.

In Martin Luther King Park, for example, sections of Salado Creek are awash in large mats of floatable, manmade debris.

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Pump station shutdown set for Sept. 25-28, restricted water use encouraged in Celina

To accommodate TxDOT's widening of FM 720 between Martop Road and U.S. Highway 380, Upper Trinity Regional Water District has been making necessary modifications to its water transmission pipelines along FM 720.

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Bastrop grassroots opposition mounts against LCRA groundwater request

When David Teuscher bought property in Bastrop County in 2014, it was intended to be a place that would stay in his family for generations. But earlier this summer, as word spread about a proposal to pump billions of gallons of groundwater to sell to the swelling cities along Interstate 35, Teuscher grew concerned.

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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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LCRA could see changes following sunset review

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. According to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, the sunset process involves assessing a state agency or program and making recommendations to the Texas Legislature.

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Recent rain trash San Antonio River

SAN ANTONIO —- Anyone that has ventured lately along Mission Reach on the San Antonio River may have noticed trash piling up.

The recent rains have been generous to the area, but its also washed some unwanted things to the city's Southside.

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Lone Star Ground Water Conservation District sends draft plan to state 

In split vote, the Lone Star Ground Water Conservation District board approved a resolution to submit a draft version of its updated groundwater management plan to the Texas Water Development Board leaving the plan for the new board to finalize in November.

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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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