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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 utilities prepare for the next big winter storm

San Antonio utilities prepare for the next big winter storm | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The heads of CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System said on Wednesday they have taken measures to keep the lights on and the water flowing during the next big winter storm, like the deadly one that struck the city in February 2021. Tens of thousands of people were left without water or power or both for hours and, in some cases, days during a weeklong mix of snow, freezing rain, and subfreezing temperatures and wind chills.

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Belhouse Project to help growing West Bell county in drought conditions

Belhouse Project to help growing West Bell county in drought conditions | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The growth in Bell County and surrounding areas along the Interstate 35 corridor were recognized as areas of concern that could experience water supply shortages. To address this problem a pipeline will take water from Belton Lake to Stillhouse Hollow Lake to provide water to residents during drought conditions, a pipeline like the one being proposed running from Stillhouse Hollow Lake to Georgetown.

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After Action Flooding Report Suggests Future Dallas Storm Water Changes 

After Action Flooding Report Suggests Future Dallas Storm Water Changes  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Dallas City Councilmembers Wednesday heard an “after action” report on the city’s response to August flooding. Some spots in Dallas recorded 15 inches of rain beginning the night of Aug. 21. It left heavy flooding in places that never saw such damage before.

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From 100% to 0%: Record flooding delays drought water restrictions in Tarrant County

From 100% to 0%: Record flooding delays drought water restrictions in Tarrant County | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Record-setting rainfall in August has pushed back the need to restrict water use, said Rachel Ickert, the chief water resources officer for the Tarrant Regional Water District. Before the massive storms last month, Ickert said the water district would likely instruct its customers to enter Stage 1, or the ‘Water Watch’ stage, of its drought contingency plan by late September or early October. 

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Lytle approves$8.5 million bond sale to finance water, sewer improvement 

City Administrator Matt Dear told the council that $6.1 million of the certificate sale will go toward water system improvements, including building a water tower to feed a new looped water system. The certificates will also finance a $1.4 million sewer plant project.

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Pipeline repair forcing Leander residents to conserve water

Pipeline repair forcing Leander residents to conserve water | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Conservation measures prohibit all outdoor watering, and Leander water customers are asked to turn off irrigation systems completely and limit other nonessential uses until further notice.

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Flooding issues mulled at public meet

Development of a comprehensive plan to address flooding issues along the Guadalupe River in its entirety was delegated to the Guadalupe Regional Flood Planning Group (Guadalupe RFPG) by the 86th Texas Legislature in the 2019 regular session. A committee was set up representing the 22 counties in Region 11 which includes Kerr County and 21 other counties or parts of counties along the river and its watershed. 

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Feces levels in the San Antonio River not safe for swimming

Feces levels in the San Antonio River not safe for swimming | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Viral TikTok of person swimming at the San Antonio River Walk isn't just illegal, it's also unsafe. The river, however, has so much fecal matter in it that only 28 of the 76 water quality testing sites meet the state’s standard for swimming and wading, according to the river authority’s latest water quality report card.

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Most of the Brazos Valley completely removed from drought conditions.

Most of the Brazos Valley completely removed from drought conditions. | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Drought was the big story this summer. However, that changed in late August. The Brazos Valley experienced several rounds of widespread rainfall, dropping 1-2″ of rain multiple times to areas that desperately needed it.

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Temporary fix: Citing increased costs, low supply, city of Katy opts for surface repairs for sanitary sewer rehabilitation

Temporary fix: Citing increased costs, low supply, city of Katy opts for surface repairs for sanitary sewer rehabilitation | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The cracked and broken pipeline, which routes from the city's wastewater treatment plant located at 25839 I-10 Frontage Road, Katy, to detention areas near Pin Oak Road, has caused sinkholes to develop along the bottom of the ditch.

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Carthage moves forward on wastewater treatment plant rehab

The Carthage City Commission unanimously agreed Monday to spend $1.57 million to rehabilitate the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Williams said the last major rehabilitation of the wastewater treatment plant was about 25 years ago.

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Summer drought impacts migration route for newly endangered monarch butterflies

Summer drought impacts migration route for newly endangered monarch butterflies | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The population of the iconic insect has declined by 85% in the past 20 years. That makes it dangerously close to extinction.

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Raymondville calling for water rate hike

Raymondville calling for water rate hike | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Residents are facing a 3-percent boost in water rates as officials plan to help offset rising costs. Meanwhile, officials are proposing to cut about 3.5 cents per $100 valuation off the property tax rate.

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Water projects receive $19M in grants from Williamson County 

Water projects receive $19M in grants from Williamson County  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

These projects will bring water into the county from outside pipelines and improve water facilities. Both grants will be funded through reimbursement from the American Rescue Plan. 

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City extends building ban; sewer plant ruling expected Oct. 5 

City extends building ban; sewer plant ruling expected Oct. 5  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

After a two-year development ban, which was extended for another year by the City Council this week, the city of Granbury may soon finally have an answer to the question that necessitated the moratorium in the first place: whether the state will issue a permit for a much-needed second wastewater treatment plant.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, is the day when commissioners with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will consider issuing a permit for the WWTP planned for 3121 Old Granbury Road in the eastern part of town. 

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Denison to develop a stormwater master plan 

Denison to develop a stormwater master plan  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

"It will identify areas that need stormwater infrastructure. It will inventory our existing stormwater infrastructure," said Franchon Stearns, the city's capital improvement project manager. Dension will hire engineers to develop the plan for $254,000. Stearns said this data will become increasingly crucial as the city grows. 

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Brazos River Authority holding public forum to discuss drought mitigation plan in Bell County

Brazos River Authority holding public forum to discuss drought mitigation plan in Bell County | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A plan to maintain a stable water supply in Bell County has been years in the works, and now plans are moving forward that will eventually start the construction of a new pipeline.

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Monthslong drought leads to strain on Central Texas water resources 

Monthslong drought leads to strain on Central Texas water resources  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

San Antonio, and unincorporated Bexar County to the north get their water through the San Antonio Water System, which pumps 50% of its water from the Edwards Aquifer. The aquifer has seen water levels significantly drop—down to levels not seen since 2014.

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Council allocates funds for water projects

The council Tuesday unanimously voted to allocate $300,000 to pay engineering firm Bartlett & West for its expertise in designing a new 12 million gallons per day water treatment plant that would have the ability to expand to 24 million gallons per day.

The city’s current treatment plant has the capacity to treat 14 million gallons per day, which the city says is insufficient to meet future demand.

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Drier weather to close out month; reservoirs still very low in South Texas

Drier weather to close out month; reservoirs still very low in South Texas | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Recent rains over the last month have removed drought conditions throughout the Rio Grande Valley and the deep South Texas Ranch and Brush Country, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville.

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Hemp has been legal in Texas for three years. This summer put its profitability to the test

Hemp has been legal in Texas for three years. This summer put its profitability to the test | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A Taylor hemp farmer said the drought-tolerant crop proved to be just that, but there's more to be done to increase profitability. While hemp can be used for CBD, the company focuses on industrial use and turns the plant into fiber and hurd.

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Belton wants community feedback on new pipeline project

Belton wants community feedback on new pipeline project | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Brazos River Authority is announcing a pipeline project to connect Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake within the next 8 years. This would also give the Brazos River Authority more flexibility to serve Williamson county and the Georgetown area. 

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This Startup's Chemically Engineered Water Filtration System Helps Large Farms and Industrial Processors Recycle Their Wastewater

This Startup's Chemically Engineered Water Filtration System Helps Large Farms and Industrial Processors Recycle Their Wastewater | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

"The goal for us is to maximize reuse, so that you can limit the amount of freshwater consumption," CEO and cofounder Alex Rappaport told CNBC in a video interview. "We're going to enable a future of water abundance."

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Frio County Judge weighs in on water concerns for Derby

Frio County Judge weighs in on water concerns for Derby | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Derby residents have had its water cut off since August 6 and more than a month later they’re still without water. The water provider, Derby ING, says they do not have a timeline for when water will be restored.

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San Antonio's first regional flood plan identifies $1 billion in needs

San Antonio's first regional flood plan identifies $1 billion in needs | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Region 12 draft states that under existing San Antonio-area conditions, roughly 19,100 structures, 753 miles of roadway, 2,733 roadway crossings and almost 80 square miles of agricultural land are at risk of flooding during a 100-year flood event.

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