drought

Texas A&M Forest Service

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.

The stress being put on trees across Texas is unprecedented and leaving trees vulnerable to a number of issues.

Outbreaks of hypoxylon, a usually fatal disease affecting hardwood trees, are far above average. 

Is it time to ditch the grass and just water the tree?

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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. 

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.

The city of Wichita Falls, Texas, may soon become the first in the country where half of the drinking water comes directly from wastewater.

Yes, that includes water from toilets.

The plan to recycle the water became necessary after three years of extreme drought, which has also imposed some harsh restrictions on Wichita Falls residents, says Mayor Glenn Barham.

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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.

The EAA used the stage three restrictions for the first time ever last July  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?

Texas Forest Service

With the area expected to remain under moderate-to-extreme drought conditions through the summer, Bexar County Commissioners have approved a new burn ban, effective immediately. 

Bexar joins 74 other counties are under a burn ban as of today, according to the Texas Forest Service. Bexar County Fire Marshal Craig Roberts says he’s seen an increase in the number of grass fires in the late afternoons, in all parts of the county.

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