drought

Texas Legislature
11:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Committee Approves Water Bill Despite Funding Disagreement

Texas state capitol in Austin
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Committee on Natural Resources has sent a water funding bill to the House floor that addresses one of the key points stressed by Governor Perry at the start of this legislative session. 

Rep. Allan Ritter, R- Nederland, said HB 4 provides$2 billion of state funds that city municipalities and businesses can tap into for their water needs.

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The Source
9:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Source: Stage 3 Drought Restrictions Just Around The Corner

Not new to Stage 3, but a good example of how water conservation has become part of the norm, restaurants may serve water only on request (to reduce dishwashing).
Chris Eudaily TPR News

We have been in Stage 2 drought restrictions for so long it feels normal, but Stage 3 is just around the corner and you will need to adjust your water lifestyle a little more. Though Texas is a solid red state, Democrats have been fighting the good fight for a long time and many feel like a shift in power is on the horizon.

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Texas Drought
9:15 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Should Texas Use 'Rainy Day' Fund For Water Projects?

Daniel Reese for KUT News

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:42 am

Should Texas take money from the state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund for water projects? It’s an idea that will get a closer look today.

Lawmakers in the House Appropriations Committee are holding a public hearing this morning on the proposal. The bill would set aside $2 billion from the economic stabilization or "Rainy Day" fund for water projects.

The bill’s author – Rep. Allan Ritter (R-Nederland) – says prolonged statewide drought has revealed the importance of developing a dedicated source of revenue for the state’s water plan.

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Water Conservation
2:34 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Texas In Need Of A Long-Term Water Plan

Is the water glass in Texas half-full or half-empty? It depends on who you ask.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

When it comes to water in Texas, unless you’re a farmer, most people in the state don’t care.

A public opinion poll conducted by faculty members at the University of Texas in association with the Texas Tribune found that the economy, immigration and education are top of mind for most, yet water registers as a top issue with only 4 percent.

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The Source
3:44 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

The Source: Not Enough Water (And Books) To Go Around

Concept art for the inside of the now approved Bibliotech all-digital library.
Bexar County

Bexar County brings the future to the present with approval for an all-digital library called BiblioTech. So are people ready for it? The Medina Lake water level continues to drop, so how close is it to becoming a big dry hole?

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Fire Warning
2:27 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Red Flag Warning Issued For Areas Of South Texas - Fire Danger High

The area in pink is under a Red Flag warning for fire danger until 7 p.m.
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning for the western part of South Texas due to "critical" fire conditions. The warning is in effect from noon to 7 p.m. due to a dry cold front that will drop temperatures across the state.

Winds of 15 to 20 mph are expected and may reach up to 30 mph in some places. These gusty winds make the danger of wildfires especially high when paired with low humidity and very dry air. Outdoor burning is not recommended, and any fires that do start will likely spread rapidly.

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The Source
4:10 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Bexar County Preview Of The Next State Legislative Session

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

Two Bexar County lawmakers are gearing up for their days in Austin – to craft a budget and shape new laws for Texas. Republican Representative Lyle Larson of District 122 is on a mission to keep the state on a conservative course. Democrat Representative Mike Villarreal of District 123 is going to Austin in the political minority, but still looking to be a major part of the legislative process.

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Texas Matters
1:23 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

The Texas Water Development Board And How Texas Has Influenced America

Random House (publisher)

Re-broadcast from June 22, 2012: In a state as big as Texas, there are some serious questions about how to provide this vital resource to the over 25 million people who live here. Our state thinks of itself as strong and independent, often distancing itself (with the help of state lawmakers) from the federal government, but how much of Texas has crept into national politics?

Texas is to drought as...

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Environment
2:18 am
Fri November 23, 2012

An Arbor Embolism? Why Trees Die In Drought

A forest near Trieste, Italy, is largely dead owing to drought stress during the summer of 2012.
Andrea Nardini Nature

Originally published on Fri November 23, 2012 12:53 pm

Scientists who study forests say they've discovered something disturbing about the way prolonged drought affects trees.

It has to do with the way trees drink. They don't do it the way we do — they suck water up from the ground all the way to their leaves, through a bundle of channels in a part of the trunk called the xylem. The bundles are like blood vessels.

When drought dries out the soil, a tree has to suck harder. And that can actually be dangerous, because sucking harder increases the risk of drawing air bubbles into the tree's plumbing.

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Fronteras Desk
1:10 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Religion & Politics, Cracking Down on Human Trafficking & Border Towns Bounce Back

Sergio and Katia Ocanas lead The International Church Las Vegas En Español.
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A look at what drives the swing vote of the Latino Evangelical electorate, also Californians will vote on whether to impose harsher penalties for sex traffickers. After some sluggish years, NAFTA creates border boomtowns. And why some people are seeing more bears come to town.

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