Water http://tpr.org en The Source: Calls For Development Freeze Over Recharge Zone http://tpr.org/post/source-calls-development-freeze-over-recharge-zone <p>Water conservation advocates are calling on the San Antonio Water System to cease permits for service to new developments over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone until a plan for growth can be established. T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance wants to ensure less ground cover for the area that refills our water supply. </span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:50:41 +0000 Paul Flahive 35552 at http://tpr.org The Source: Calls For Development Freeze Over Recharge Zone The Source: SAWS Negotiates Big Deal For Piped-In Water http://tpr.org/post/source-saws-negotiates-big-deal-piped-water <p>Last week the San Antonio Water System trustees approved a deal to begin negotiations to pipe in 50,000 acre feet of water from the Bastrop area with the Vista Ridge Consortium.</p><p>The deal would increase the city's water supply by more than 20%. The cost per acre foot is expected to be more than twice that of Edwards Aquifer supplies and slightly more than that of the forthcoming desalinization plant.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:25:23 +0000 Paul Flahive 34750 at http://tpr.org The Source: SAWS Negotiates Big Deal For Piped-In Water SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline http://tpr.org/post/saws-enters-negotiations-water-pipeline <p></p><p>The San Antonio Water System is entering into negotiations on a water plan that would supply <span style="line-height: 1.5;">one-fifth of the total water the city currently uses.</span></p><p>The proposal from the Vista Ridge Consortium selected by SAWS will allow the pumping of more than 50,000 acre feet of water per year out of the Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers northeast of Austin in Burleson County.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 00:03:44 +0000 Joey Palacios 34500 at http://tpr.org SAWS Enters Negotiations For Water Pipeline SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers http://tpr.org/post/saws-new-desalination-plant-numbers <p></p><p>San Antonio Water System's new desalination plant will come online in 2016. Wednesday, leaders with SAWS broke ground to officially kick-off the initiative that will purify salt water from the Wilcox Aquifer.</p><p>The salty aquifer is about two Tower of the Americas deep underground in Southern Bexar County. SAWS is building a plant that will clean all of that salt out so people can drink it. SAWS spokesperson Greg Flores said the ocean is about 20 times more salty, but it will still need to be purified.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:59:23 +0000 Ryan Loyd 34451 at http://tpr.org SAWS' New Desalination Plant, By The Numbers Texas Sees Money In Proposed Mexico Energy Overhaul http://tpr.org/post/texas-sees-money-proposed-mexico-energy-overhaul <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> In what would be a historic move, Mexico may open up its energy industry to private domestic and foreign investors. How Texas is preparing to get ahead of a proposed overhaul of Mexico’s energy industry. U.S. and Mexico authorities released water into the Colorado River Delta this spring to try to jump-start habitat restoration. We check in to see how that experiment is going.</p><p><strong>Texas Eyeing Mexico Energy Industry Overhaul</strong></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:04:07 +0000 Crystal Chavez 33753 at http://tpr.org Texas Sees Money In Proposed Mexico Energy Overhaul The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees http://tpr.org/post/source-unprecedented-environmental-stressors-killing-trees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Years of drought have stretched the water supply pretty thin in Texas. Watering yards is not at the top of the priority list, but maybe when it comes to your tree it should be.</span></p><p>The stress being put on trees across Texas is unprecedented and leaving trees vulnerable to a number of issues.</p><p>Outbreaks of <a href="http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=1262" target="_blank">hypoxylon</a>, a usually fatal disease affecting hardwood trees, are far above average.&nbsp;</p><p>Is it time to ditch the grass and just water the tree?</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:48:08 +0000 Paul Flahive 32853 at http://tpr.org The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees Though They Opposed Him In The Primary, Business Leaders Now Get Behind Dan Patrick http://tpr.org/post/though-they-opposed-him-primary-business-leaders-now-get-behind-dan-patrick <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Business leaders across the state of Texas are hoping they can convince <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan Patrick, </span>the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, to work with them on their agenda of providing more money for roads and water. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>During the Republican primary and runoff election, groups like the Texas Association of Business threw their support behind incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, even going as far as to say Republican voters made the wrong choice with Patrick as the nominee.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:40:35 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32539 at http://tpr.org Though They Opposed Him In The Primary, Business Leaders Now Get Behind Dan Patrick The Source: Big Oil Challenging Water District Rights http://tpr.org/post/source-big-oil-challenging-water-district-rights <p></p><p></p><p>Tomorrow morning the Texas Railroad Commission&nbsp; considers whether or not a groundwater district has the standing to protest the permitting of waste water disposal wells. The commission is tasked with regulating the oil and gas industry.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:34:50 +0000 Paul Flahive 32090 at http://tpr.org The Source: Big Oil Challenging Water District Rights The Source: Where Should Burden For New Water Supply Be? http://tpr.org/post/source-where-should-burden-new-water-supply-be <p>More than 3 million people move to Texas every year and the need for new building to accommodate housing and jobs for some of those people requires more water and more infrastructure for water.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How we pay for some of that expansion has come under fire as the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has recommended doubling the amount of so-called impact fees on developers from $1,297 to $2,796. Impact fees are a one-time fee that pays for water and sewer infrastructure.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 16:03:10 +0000 Paul Flahive 31360 at http://tpr.org The Source: Where Should Burden For New Water Supply Be? The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction http://tpr.org/post/source-impacts-record-setting-drought-restriction <p>The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) imposed stage three water restrictions on April 10, the earliest in area history and only the fourth time ever for the "San Antonio pool." Despite summer being months away, residents are already being asked to restrict their water usage.</p><p>The EAA used the stage three restrictions for the first time ever <strike>last July &nbsp;</strike>in August of 2012, when the aquifer fell below the mandated 640 feet. All indications are that the drought will continue to get worse through the summer, but are people taking it seriously?</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:29:52 +0000 Paul Flahive 30916 at http://tpr.org The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction