Water

Spencer Selvidge / Texas Tribune

  A new series from the Texas Tribune examines the lack of clean water on Texas' southern border. The five-part series entitled "Undrinkable" weaves a story of byzantine bureaucratics, misspent millions, and wasted opportunities. 

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Should the City of San Antonio reauthorize an 1/8th cent sales tax that funds green spaces and linear trails, and more importantly conservation easements that pay property owners to not develop their land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone?

$90 million for aquifer protection and easements have run out. The five-year program last authorized in 2010 will continue to help pay landowners to keep the recharge zone undeveloped, but it has to make it to the May ballot first. 

Remember the drought?

Difficult decisions lie ahead as urban areas demand more water, rural areas experience loss of spring flow, and our region faces increased challenges brought by population growth and drought. Are Central Texas’ water planning processes on track to balance the needs of its rural and urban users and protect the natural water resources that sustain our ecologic and economic health?

Just over a year ago, voters approved a special ballot item aimed at funding the next 50 years of water projects through the state. This week, the Texas Water Development Board announced it has begun accepting applications for grants.

Last year, voters, recognizing the region’s long-term water issues, approved signature legislation. They agreed to redirect part of the excess revenue from the oil and gas industry going into Texas’ Rainy Day Fund, up to $2 billiion, for use as seed money for various city, county and nonprofit public utility water projects.

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