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Texas Legislature
3:58 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Senate Passes Joint Resolution To Use Rainy Day Fund For Water, Roads & Education

Though the joint resolution passed, there is some concern about using the money for roads.
Eileen Pace TPR

A Texas comptroller report has spurned lawmakers to approve a measure that will provide about $6 billion for roads, water and education.  

In the report, Comptroller Susan Combs said the last bienum revealed a higher than expected rise in property tax revenues, which the state could use to help fund school districts.

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Water Rights
12:39 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Texas Vs. Mexico Water Fight Takes Turn In State's Favor

Laurel Morales Fronteras

Since the start of the legislative session, Rep. Eddie Lucio, D-Harlingen, has made it clear that Mexico needs to release the over 400,000 acre feet of water owed to Texas.

His fellow lawmakers have now joined that fight as his resolution addressing the issue passed on the House floor with unanimous vote.

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Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

$6 Billion Of Rainy Day Fund Marked For Water And Roads - Education Left Off

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Committee on Finance gave their approval for tapping into the state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund to pay for future water and transportation needs.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that doesn’t include any of the money going to education.

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Texas Drought
4:11 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

SAWS Program Will Help Homeowners Make Drought-Friendly Yard Changes

Lavender is a low-water use plant and is good for San Antonio landscapes.
Eileen Pace TPR

The San Antonio Water System board just approved a program that will help customers transform portions of their landscape to save water.

Though past landscape programs have required customers to make purchases up front to get a rebate, the new program issues a coupon before the purchase, giving households a discount on approved plants and a required amount of mulch at a local nursery.

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The Source - April 10, 2013
6:41 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Source: Water, Immigration, And Politics

Char Miller's new book "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest."

In the first segment:

Author and former professor of urban studies at Trinity University Char Miller talks about his newest book "On the Edge: Water, Immigration and Politics in the Southwest."

The noted essayist compiles many of his pieces into this collection to discuss the top issues affecting his former home. Miller is now the W.M. Keck professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College

Miller will be attending the Texas Book Festival this weekend downtown.

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U.S.-Mexico Natural Resources
4:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Mexican Government Authorizes Additional Water Flow Into U.S.

Mexican nationals on the south side of the Rio Grande at Boquillas, Mexico.
Lorne Matalon Marfa Public Radio

The Mexican Government has agreed to release additional water into the Rio Grande from its tributaries outside of a 79-year-old treaty on water rights as both counties face a difficult drought.

The 90-day agreement will allow additional water from the San Rodrigo River to flow into the Rio Grande and be used by the two countries.

The agreement comes a few weeks after several South Texas congressmen voiced grave concerns about water shortages.

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Water Management
9:07 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Supporting 38 Bills In Current Legislative Session

The San Antonio Riverwalk.
Eileen Pace TPR

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance has released its legislative agenda for the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, throwing its support behind 38 bills that promote water conservation and water quality, call for better funding of state parks, and improve coordination between various agencies dealing with water.

GEAA Executive Director Annalisa Peace said the broad support from the alliance indicates that legislators are thinking creatively and responsibly about Texas’ water problems.

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Texas Drought
11:36 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Aquifer Authority Elevates Uvalde Pool To Stage 5 Pumping Restrictions

Just last week the Uvalde Pool was moved to Stage 4, The San Antonio Pool remains in Stage 2.
Edwards Aquifer Authority

The Edwards Aquifer Authority officially declared Stage 5 pumping restrictions for users of the Uvalde Pool. This stage of the EAA Critical Period Management Plan requires permit holders to reduce their authorized annual pumping from the aquifer by 44 percent.

The EAA declared Stage 5 based on declining water level readings at the J-27 monitoring well in Uvalde. It has been officially confirmed that the 10-day average is below the threshold of 840 feet above sea level. 

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The Source - April 1, 2013
2:57 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Source Today: A Little More In Taxes And A Little Less Water

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro visits preschoolers at San Antonio College’s Early Child Development Center.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

In the First Segment:

Guest - San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro

Today is the first day that San Antonio will be paying the extra sales tax for the Pre-K 4 SA program, and with enrollment for the first two centers beginning in May and classes scheduled to begin in August there are still a lot of questions.

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Local Business & The Drought
12:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Landscapers May Be Worried About Water, But Other Businesses Will Be OK

Lavendar, a low-water use plant recommended for San Antonio landscapes
Eileen Pace TPR

Businesses in agriculture are paying close attention to the water situation over the next few weeks as warmer temperatures approach, but other businesses with lesser water demands have little to worry about.

The overwhelming approval Wednesday of a bill setting aside state funding for water projects sparked conversation about water restrictions in metro areas. Some lawmakers argued that the money would benefit only rural communities.

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