Water

The Source - June 4, 2014
2:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees

Evidence of Hypoxylon cankers on an oak tree in Lufkin, Texas
Credit 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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2014 Election
2:40 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Though They Opposed Him In The Primary, Business Leaders Now Get Behind Dan Patrick

Credit Dan Patrick campaign

Business leaders across the state of Texas are hoping they can convince Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, to work with them on their agenda of providing more money for roads and water.   

During the Republican primary and runoff election, groups like the Texas Association of Business threw their support behind incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, even going as far as to say Republican voters made the wrong choice with Patrick as the nominee.

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The Source - May 21, 2014
11:34 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Source: Big Oil Challenging Water District Rights

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Tomorrow morning the Texas Railroad Commission  considers whether or not a groundwater district has the standing to protest the permitting of waste water disposal wells. The commission is tasked with regulating the oil and gas industry.

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The Source - May 8, 2014
11:03 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Source: Where Should Burden For New Water Supply Be?

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Flickr User: Brandon Watts cc

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.

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The Source - April 30, 2014
11:29 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The Source: Impacts Of Record-Setting Drought Restriction

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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?

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Texas Water
2:25 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Looking At Third Year Of Water Shortage, Rice Farmers Considering Expensive Alternatives

Water from the Highland Lakes flows downstream and eventually ends up here in Matagorda Bay.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

After being told by the LCRA that they could face a third growing season with no irrigation water, some rice farmers near the Gulf Coast are considering spending millions of dollars to drill for groundwater.

The LCRA decided they were stopping the flow of water downstream from the Highland Lakes because of low lake levels due to drought conditions.

Roland Gurtson, a rice farmer from Wharton County, said he was one of several farmers who has spent the last two years trying to survive on crop insurance.

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Fronteras
2:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Mennonite Suspect Allegedly Duped Mexicans Into Smuggling Drugs

A Mennonite father and son at work in a field near Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
Credit Lorne Matalon

Fronteras: Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with an unusual case involving a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico. We take you into the fields of New Mexico where workers are cleaning out an ancient irrigation system. These hand-dug ditches may help retain precious river water in times of drought. Further south, drought is forcing a Mexican city to ration water -- and it's only spring.

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Is Desalination The Answer To Texas' Long-Term Water Needs?

Texas cities will likely have to start relying on several sources for their drinking water.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: Texas has enjoyed cheap water for years, but it may not be that way for much longer as the days of relying on a single source for water are coming to a close. Desalinating salt water is expensive, but could help the state cope with water shortages. Also on this show: Lesser prairie chicken protection, fracking and cancer in Flower Mound, Texas.

The future landscape of water in Texas

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HearSA
5:08 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Challenges Facing The Pedernales Basin

James Volosin Hill Country Alliance

The Pedernales River runs 106 miles through the Hill Country before eventually joining the Colorado River at Lake Travis. Its catchment area—the land that drains into the river—touches 8 counties and covers more than 800,000 acres.

The basin provides habitat for numerous fish and wildlife, supports agricultural, ranching and hunting pursuits, and contributes 23% of the flow into Lake Travis, providing a critical source of drinking water for downstream users such as the City of Austin.

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Environment
11:15 am
Thu March 13, 2014

City Leaders To Mark Progress Of Aquifer Protection Program

Aquifer Protection Program considered a success by city leaders.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With water on the minds of many, the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is a citywide, long-standing effort to maintain sustainable water levels.

In April, the San Antonio city council will hear once again about the city's Aquifer Protection Program. It began around 2000, approved by voters to use 1/8th cent sales tax revenue to purchase land over the sensitive Recharge Zone in Bexar County.

In 2005 the program changed a little to include Medina and Uvalde Counties.

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