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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River
Monika Maeckle Texas Butterfly Ranch

  Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico's Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year. Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.  

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The Source - March 3, 2014
12:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Source: Dueling Plans & Shortfall Scares, San Antonio's Water Future

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A study paid for by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce details the impacts of water shortages 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.

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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nirenberg Requests Action For Long Term City Water Plan

District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg.
Ron Nirenberg for City Council District 8 Facebook

San Antonio District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg is asking for a comprehensive water plan through the year 2050.

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.

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.

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The Source - February 11, 2014
12:24 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

The Source: 'Paying Till It Hurts' | SAWS Water Plan For The Future Gets Pushback

EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

In the first segment:

Last year for the first time the federal government released a huge database showing something staggering: A procedure that could cost $100,000 at one hospital cost under $10,000 at another down the road. 

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Fronteras Desk
2:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Challenging Arizona Marriage Laws

Terry Pochert and Joe Connolly are plaintiffs in a January suit that take on the state's definition of marriage.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: 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"  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.

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Government
11:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Former Head Of TxDOT Named LCRA’s General Manager

Lake Buchanan.
©Aaron Bates Photography. Twitter @AaronBatesPhoto

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. 

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Texas Drought
4:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Central Texas Farmers Could Lose Water Access Due to Drought

Rice farmers in Texas could face a third year in a row of being cut off from water due to severe drought conditions. (Jeff Heimsath/StateImpact Texas)

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 3:58 pm

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.

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.

Homes and businesses would also face water restrictions.

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Texas Water
2:47 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

How LCRA River Restrictions Are Affecting Oyster Harvesters In Matagorda Bay

Workers shuck oysters at one of Buddy Treybig's oyster processing facilities.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

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.

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.

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Texas Water
10:22 am
Tue November 5, 2013

League Of Women Voters Joins Support For Prop. 6 Water Fund

Gov. Rick Perry and a bipartisan group of state lawmakers are pushing for passage of Prop. 6, which would create a water fund to pay for water projects. Opponents say the money would be just another slush fund for Perry's cronies.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The League of Women Voters in Texas 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.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan group that works to get people to become active in their government and to get out the vote. It does not support one candidate or party over others, but does take positions on issues.

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Fronteras Desk
2:33 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Deportation Protests Continue As Immigration Reform Prospects Wane

Demonstrators danced into the late afternoon in front of the ICE office in Phoenix under a banner they hung themselves on the front gate.
Jude Joffe-Block Fronteras

Fronteras: Activists are calling on President Obama to take administrative action to stop deportations as the chance of Congress passing a reform bill this year wanes. Hundreds of vulnerable towns in New Mexico are trying to avoid running out of water during this drought. We’ll hear about the challenges foreign doctors face when they come to the U.S. Also, a report on an award by the Hopi Foundation in Arizona for people who work with victims of torture to help them heal.

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