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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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LCRA begins flood operations, Llano closing streets ahead of anticipated flooding

LCRA begins flood operations, Llano closing streets ahead of anticipated flooding | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The possibility of flooding is leading to the City of Llano closing some streets west of the downtown area Tuesday afternoon. Floodgates at nearby dams are also being opened Wednesday morning to release storm runoff.

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City of Broaddus struggling to recover after storm adds to existing issues

City of Broaddus struggling to recover after storm adds to existing issues | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The City of Broaddus, two weeks after Beryl hit, is having a hard time getting back on their feet and have very few options for help. Eight homes were damaged during the storm but the county did not meet the threshold for FEMA’s individual assistance – leaving homeowners who were impacted without that line of help.

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July 23, 10:23 AM
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Midland's 100-year water plan set to increase rates this summer

Midland's 100-year water plan set to increase rates this summer | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Clean and quality water is a basic need no matter where you live, and the City of Midland is working on a 100-year water strategy to ensure the Tall City always has a healthy supply of safe water.

"The entire state of Texas, is concerned about water, and so we, as Midlanders have to be making decisions not just for today and the Midlanders that we're serving today, but for future generations of Midlanders," said Midland Mayor Lori Blong. 

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July 23, 10:10 AM
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Has 2024 been a cooler Texas summer? Yes, sort of.

Has 2024 been a cooler Texas summer? Yes, sort of. | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The last few Texas summers have been some of the hottest ever recorded. So, even though 2024 is still technically above normal temperatures, it still feels cooler than recent summers.

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July 22, 10:06 AM
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Swift WSC boil water notice rescinded for some Nacogdoches county residents

Swift WSC boil water notice rescinded for some Nacogdoches county residents | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The TCEQ required Swift WSC to issue a boil water notice on Tuesday, July 16th after a reported water main break.

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July 19, 10:42 AM
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Council considers higher water and sewer rates

Council considers higher water and sewer rates | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Residential water and sewer rates will be going up in October, but the Murphy City Council has not yet decided how much. Chris Ekrut, chief financial officer at NewGen Strategies & Solutions reported to the Tuesday, July 16, council meeting on anticipated cost increases and potential rate adjustments for the coming fiscal year.

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July 19, 10:34 AM
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Fort Worth considers increasing fees to repair stormwater pipes, evaluate flood risk

Fort Worth considers increasing fees to repair stormwater pipes, evaluate flood risk | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Fort Worth increased its stormwater utility fee by 15% last year in a bid to tackle rising flood risks across the city. This year, city staff are proposing an additional 5% increase that would bump average residents’ monthly fee from $6.61 to $6.94.

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July 19, 9:59 AM
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Texas A&M-San Antonio in line for $1M from feds to boost wastewater research

A San Antonio biology professor could receive $1 million in federal funding to study pathogens and microbes in the city's water and wastewater, a project that could provide new information about public health and potential threats. Davida Smyth, an associate professor in Texas A&M University-San Antonio's department of natural sciences, is already working alongside students to study and monitor COVID-19 levels in wastewater, through a partnership with the San Antonio River Authority.

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July 19, 9:52 AM
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There are fewer of these aquatic invaders in Lake Travis, says Texas Parks and Wildlife

There are fewer of these aquatic invaders in Lake Travis, says Texas Parks and Wildlife | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says the intense heat and low lake levels have lead to a decline in the Zebra mussel population in Lake Travis. However, the threat of spreading the invasive species lingers despite an unlivable conditions for the mollusks.

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July 19, 9:46 AM
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Texas is getting hotter. Are you doing enough to help Fort Worth save water?

Texas is getting hotter. Are you doing enough to help Fort Worth save water? | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

“The top three conservation issues in Texas are water, water and water,” proclaimed former Texas Parks and Wildlife executive director Robert Cook in the early 2000s. Ensuing years of searing droughts, parched reservoirs and rampant wildfires proved Cook’s prediction prescient. The state’s ballooning population and intensifying weather patterns promise to only worsen the strain.

Texas is getting hotter. Are you doing enough to help Fort Worth save water? (yahoo.com)

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July 18, 10:29 AM
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Central Texas sees slight drought improvement, but many still face water restrictions

Central Texas sees slight drought improvement, but many still face water restrictions | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

While much of Central Texas is still experiencing a drought, it's nothing compared to this time last year when many cities were under severe water restrictions.

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July 18, 9:33 AM
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Indigo Ranch residents regain water after outage, but now face boil notice

Indigo Ranch residents regain water after outage, but now face boil notice | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Indigo Ranch residents frustrated with Aqua Water's communication and lack of reliable backup generator after regaining water with a boil notice.

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July 17, 9:09 AM
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Taylor, Texas implements Stage 3 drought restrictions

Residents in the area must reduce water usage until further notice.

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Midland Health Services starts wastewater surveillance for COVID-19

The Midland Health Services department recently started a wastewater surveillance program with the Texas Department of State Health Services, to monitor for COVID-19 and other pathogens in the community. Tyler Collins, epidemiologist at Midland Health Services, said that this will allow them to track how widespread diseases such as COVID-19, influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and norovirus (a type of stomach bug) are in the community.

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July 23, 10:27 AM
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Drainage project could help Galveston after sunny day flooding leaves neighborhood underwater

Drainage project could help Galveston after sunny day flooding leaves neighborhood underwater | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

South Shore Drainage Project proposed a storm pump in the Galveston area that could bring relief to residents who withstand hurricanes and rainstorms.

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July 23, 10:20 AM
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Mathis water boil was reissued just hours after Saturday's lifted notice

Mayor Ciri Villarreal apologized to Mathis residents over the weekend after receiving notice that a water boil order had been reissued following multiple days under the initial notice. That order was initially lifted on Sunday afternoon, but Villarreal informed residents that it had been reinstated by Sunday evening due to low residual chlorine in a sample taken by TCEQ. 

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July 22, 11:08 AM
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City of Peñitas looking into converting sewer water into tap water

City of Peñitas looking into converting sewer water into tap water | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

The Toilet to Tap Water treatment plant is estimated to cost $12 million. A consulting firm is currently working on the environmental study for the project so it can be turned over to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for approval.

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July 22, 9:50 AM
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Digging Deep to Boost Austin-Area Water Supplies

Digging Deep to Boost Austin-Area Water Supplies | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority’s $450-million water treatment and raw water intake project will serve fast-growing cities near Austin.

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July 19, 10:40 AM
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Edinburg mulling $18M in new debt for water, sewer projects

Edinburg mulling $18M in new debt for water, sewer projects | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Officials here are considering taking on millions in new debt in order to fund the repair of water, wastewater, landfill and other infrastructure projects.

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July 19, 10:03 AM
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Texas farmers grapple with water worries amid drought and population growth

Texas farmers grapple with water worries amid drought and population growth | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

As the drought in Texas continues, farmers in rural areas of the state are growing more concerned about their water. The concerns stem from a confluence of factors: an already steep price tag associated with farming, compounded by worries over water access, exacerbated by Texas' burgeoning population.

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July 19, 9:54 AM
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Tarrant County residents fault supplier for water problems, but is company to blame?

Tarrant County residents fault supplier for water problems, but is company to blame? | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Residents of a gated community about a half an hour northwest of downtown Fort Worth feel they got less than they bargained for when they bought their homes. Their most ardent complaint: there’s not enough water.

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July 19, 9:50 AM
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As the Rio Grande runs dry, South Texas cities look to alternatives for water

As the Rio Grande runs dry, South Texas cities look to alternatives for water | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Many of the solutions are costly, putting them out of reach for small towns. But the region's most populous cities are getting innovative.

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July 18, 10:50 AM
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Attorney hired for regional water district legislation 

Attorney hired for regional water district legislation  | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

Wise County and the cities of New Fairview, Rhome, Boyd and Aurora have selected a representative who will craft legislation required to form a regional water district in the county‘s pursuit of a longterm water source. The New Fairview City Council Monday gave city administrator John Cabrales the green light to execute a professional services agreement with the law firm Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle and Townsend, PC, to offer legal services for the potential creation of a regional water/wastewater utility district. 

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Program aims to keep the San Antonio River healthy

Program aims to keep the San Antonio River healthy | exTRA by the Trinity River Authority of Texas | Scoop.it

A product that uses crushed coconut shells is helping to keep the San Antonio River healthy and well protected from erosion. They're called Coir Logs and Michael Kollodziej of the San Antonio River Authority said the natural fiber product helps native plants take root, as they serve as a host while the young delicate sprouts get established.

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July 18, 9:28 AM
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Work continues to complete repairs on Lake Livingston Dam

Work and repairs on the Lake Livingston Dam continue. As of Tuesday, the lake level is at 129.81 feet above mean sea level (msl). It is anticipated that the lake level will fluctuate between 128.0 and 131.0 msl for the next three weeks.

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