drought http://tpr.org en Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties http://tpr.org/post/burn-ban-effect-75-texas-counties <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the area expected&nbsp;to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer,&nbsp;Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:14:57 +0000 Eileen Pace 28096 at http://tpr.org Burn Ban In Effect For 75 Texas Counties The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat http://tpr.org/post/source-monarch-migration-under-threat <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico's&nbsp;Michoacan&nbsp;region. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year. Millions</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:36:29 +0000 Paul Flahive 27805 at http://tpr.org The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat The Source: Dueling Plans & Shortfall Scares, San Antonio's Water Future http://tpr.org/post/source-dueling-plans-shortfall-scares-san-antonios-water-future <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A study paid for by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce details the </span><a href="http://tpr.org/post/link-between-long-term-water-needs-and-san-antonios-economic-future" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">impacts of water shortages </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the city's future growth. Jobs, spending, migration are all affected drastically if the city continues to grow without making proper accommodations, argues the study.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:34:52 +0000 Paul Flahive 27621 at http://tpr.org The Source: Dueling Plans & Shortfall Scares, San Antonio's Water Future Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan http://tpr.org/post/nirenberg-requests-action-long-term-city-water-plan <p>San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is asking for a comprehensive water plan through the year 2050.</p><p>The plan would include how city growth patterns will impact the Edwards Aquifer and San Antonio Water System. Nirenberg said the number one threat to the state's economy and future prosperity is water scarcity.</p><p>In a request to the city staff, he outlined a compilation of all city policies, procedures, standards and regulations into one place so that council members can easily understand the water situation now and for the future.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:14:52 +0000 Ryan Loyd 26697 at http://tpr.org Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback http://tpr.org/post/source-paying-till-it-hurts-saws-water-plan-future-gets-pushback <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year for the first time the federal government released </span><a href="https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a huge database</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> showing something staggering: A procedure that could cost $100,000 at one hospital cost under $10,000 at another down the road.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:24:44 +0000 Paul Flahive 26546 at http://tpr.org The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws http://tpr.org/post/same-sex-couples-challenging-arizona-marriage-laws <p><strong>Fronteras:</strong> It's been 150 years since the U.S. Army forced the Navajo and Mescalero Apache to walk 400 miles to a prison camp in eastern New Mexico in an attempt to wipe out their culture. "The Long Walk's"&nbsp; impacts are still felt today. Supporters of same-sex marriage have seen recent victories in the past few weeks. Now some Arizona couples are pushing for change. Also, a climatologist gives us the latest drought picture across the Southwest.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:00:17 +0000 Crystal Chavez 25593 at http://tpr.org Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws Former Head Of TxDOT Named LCRA’s General Manager http://tpr.org/post/former-head-txdot-named-lcra-s-general-manager <p>Texas Department of Public Transportation CEO Phil Wilson has been called a "problem solver" by current members of the Lower Colorado River Authority Board. As LCRA’s new General Manager, he’ll need to be just that as the Board has recently voted to stop the flow of water headed downstream from Lakes Travis and Buchanan to Texas’ rice farming region for the third year in a row.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:54:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 23789 at http://tpr.org Former Head Of TxDOT Named LCRA’s General Manager Central Texas Farmers Could Lose Water Access Due to Drought http://tpr.org/post/central-texas-farmers-could-lose-water-access-due-drought Half of Texas is experiencing drought conditions, and for the third year in a row, rice farmers in Central Texas may be cut off from water supplies because of severe drought.<p>The Lower Colorado River Authority has asked the state to approve emergency plans to cut water to farmers in 2014 if reservoir lakes are at less than 55 percent capacity. The lakes are currently 36 percent full.<p>Homes and businesses would also face water restrictions.<p><em><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">Here & Now&#8217;</a></em>s Jeremy Hobson gets details from <strong>Mose Buchele</strong>, energy and enviro Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:41:00 +0000 editor 22349 at http://tpr.org Central Texas Farmers Could Lose Water Access Due to Drought How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay http://tpr.org/post/how-lcra-river-restrictions-are-affecting-oyster-harvesters-matagorda-bay <p>Matagorda is just another small Texas town, but its bay is one of the key areas in the state for oyster harvesting and processing. It’s also where the mouth of the Colorado River feeds into the Gulf of Mexico, which creates a unique habitat for animals that survive within a careful balance of fresh and salt water.</p><p>The area has been hit hard in recent years by drought and the lack of rainfall has also taken its toll on the aquatic life, whose survival depends on the fresh water to lower the salinity levels of the bay, which is where shrimp hatch and oysters reproduce.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:47:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22210 at http://tpr.org How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay League Of Women Voters Joins Support For Prop. 6 Water Fund http://tpr.org/post/league-women-voters-joins-support-prop-6-water-fund <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.lwv.org/local-league/lwv-san-antonio-area" target="_blank">League of Women Voters in Texas</a> is urging a "yes" vote on Prop. 6, the constitutional amendment that will take $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to create a sort of bank account to fund water projects. </span></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:22:11 +0000 Eileen Pace 21370 at http://tpr.org League Of Women Voters Joins Support For Prop. 6 Water Fund