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Texas Water
3:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan

Sam Brannon (at podium) and Terri Hall (right) address the media at the Nix Prop. 6 press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A coalition of people from multiple political backgrounds are calling for Texans to vote "no" on Prop. 6, the plan that is being promoted by a bipartisan group of state legislators and Gov. Rick Perry as the solution to the state's water problems.

Voters will see the measure on the ballot starting next Monday when early voting begins and Election Day in Nov. 5.

If passed, the plan set into motion by Prop. 6 will move $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Texas Water Development Board to be used for loans on water projects.

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Texas Water
10:11 am
Mon October 14, 2013

A Tiny Bit of Vegetable Oil Could Save Texas Billions of Gallons of Water

Right now, the Highland Lakes are only 34 percent full. In an average year, they lose about as much water to evaporation as the whole city of Austin consumes.
Lower Colorado River Authority

Originally published on Mon October 14, 2013 3:58 pm

Parts of Central Texas saw as much as 12 inches of rain over the weekend. Water levels in the Highland Lakes  rose slightly, but the storm was far from a drought-buster.

Lakes Travis and Buchanan remain only about one-third full. 

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Texas Matters
3:03 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Movement On Govt. Shutdown | Texas Debates New Water Project Fund

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a press event at Lake Travis to promote Prop. 6, which is on November's ballot.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Matters: There is finally movement on the government shutdown in D.C. but Democrats say it's not enough. While there is plenty of support for Prop. 6, the November ballot item to establish a water fund, there is also a strong current of opposition. Also on this show: GOP candidates in Texas try to stay true to fundamentals and appeal to Latino voters, and the future of execution drugs used in Texas.

Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?

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Fronteras Desk
11:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Barrio Battles Big Industry For Environmental Justice

Shipbuilding industry at the water's edge in Barrio Logan.
Guillermo Sevilla

Fronteras: The low income San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, which is closely linked to the shipbuilding industry, has been largely ignored by the city until residents fought maritime industry for a new community plan, and won. Under the Affordable Care Act, Native Americans are exempt from the mandate that requires citizens to get health insurance, but that hasn’t stopped New Mexico from trying to get consumers covered. Also, how the drought has forced some Native farmers to consider non- traditional irrigation methods and a rarely used desalting plant in Yuma could start sending water to Mexico.

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Proposition Six
4:22 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Local Legislators Urge Voters To Support Prop 6 Water Project Amendment On Nov. Ballot

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson voices his support for Prop 6 alongside state law makers.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The Bexar County Commissioners Court and legislative delegation are urging voters to support a state constitutional amendment that would fund water projects for the state.

Commissioners and legislators used a hot sunny day to ask for support for the creation of a State Water Implementation Fund, which is on this year's Nov. 5 ballot as Proposition 6.

“The time to address our state water problems is now before the faucets run dry,” said state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon, D-San Antonio, who along with house colleges urged voters to vote in favor of Prop 6.

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Texas Drought
8:53 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas Ag Commissioner Pushes Water Conservation To Save Highland Lakes

March 30, 2013: Around many parts of Lake Buchanan, lost items like this old mooring rope can be found once again as much of the water has long since evaporated.
©Aaron Bates Photography. Twitter @AaronBatesPhoto

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is strongly urging cities and all households, especially those in the Highland Lakes region, to adopt his “Texas Water Smart” program to conserve water and reduce the need for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to shut off the flow of water downstream.  

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Texas Matters
1:23 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars

The dunes sagebrush lizard.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Texas Matters: A look at major issues from all over the state this week -- Tom DeLay is acquitted of money laundering, the American Bar Association reviews the states system of capital punishment, alleged scandal with the dunes sagebrush lizard and a water tug-of-war between the Highland Lakes and Matagorda Bay.

If this isn't money laundering, then what is?

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Texas Coast
10:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

LCRA Wants To Stop The Flow Of Water Into Matagorda Bay

Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board voted 9-6 to stop the flow of water going into the Matagorda Bay’s estuaries.

The board will ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cease the flow of the 5,800 acre feet of water projected for the area.

"The idea there is that there would be a small area at the delta where the Colorado River flows into Matagorda Bay that would be a refuge area where fish and shellfish can survive a drought," said Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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Environment
5:02 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Texas Drought Leaves Lakeside Resort Far From Shore

A commercial marina's docks are yards away from the waterline of White River Lake, Texas, due to ongoing drought conditions, July 9, 2013. (Betsy Blaney/AP)

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:56 pm

Texas is experiencing a historic drought. While 2011 was the hottest year on record for the state, 95 percent of Texas is still in some form of drought.

One of the hardest hit areas is Central Texas in the Highland Lakes region, which until recently was a major tourist destination.

Two lakes, Travis and Buchanan, are the primary water supply for 1 million residents, mostly those living in nearby Austin, now the 11th largest city in the U.S.

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Environment & Energy
9:04 am
Wed September 4, 2013

ERCOT Says Plenty Of Electricity Available Through Winter

Flickr user jetsandzeppelins cc

Texas is expected to have sufficient levels of stored power to serve peak demands this fall and winter. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas released its Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy on Tuesday.

ERCOT found that its available generation, even under extreme load conditions, will be more than sufficient for the upcoming fall season starting in October, and sufficient for the winter season.

Director of System Planning Warren Lasher said the ongoing drought is a significant concern, but ERCOT does not expect it to impact reserves for the rest of this year.

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