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The San Antonio City Council will be voting on proposed changes to the San Antonio Water System rate structure on November 19th.

A much anticipated report on San Antonio’s water future released Thursday could have an impact on the vote. The report is a collaborative effort of the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR), both part of the Texas A&M University System.

It includes details on the proposed 142-mile long Vista Ridge water pipeline from Burleson County.

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The San Antonio Clean Technology Forum held its sixth annual Water Forum at the Pearl Stable on Monday, October 26. The program focused on Texas’s quest for future water supplies, including discussion about new initiatives by San Antonio Water System (SAWS) such as the controversial Vista Ridge project, the launch of the new Texas A&M University San Antonio Water Institute, water quality issues, and major water projects funded by the Texas Water Development Board.

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Late last week, Brian Chasnoff at the San Antonio Express-News got his hands on a draft copy of a hotly contested and some might say suppressed city-commissioned report on San Antonio's water security. The study, conducted by Texas A&M University labeled the Vista Ridge pipeline deal, which will cost San Antonio more than $3 billion by the time all is said and done. 

You can read the entire report here.  

The Source: America's Obsession With Lawns

Aug 31, 2015
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Thanks to Leave It To Beaver and The Brady Bunch, golf courses and baseball fields, green lawns are a keystone of the American cultural psyche. Paul Robbins, director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, asks how the US fell so deeply in love with green lawns. In his new book, Lawn People, he explores the impact and toll of that interesting relationship. 

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The new water rate proposed by the San Antonio Water System will go before the San Antonio City Council soon, and there are some who think the rate is fleecing residents. Meredith McGuire from the Sierra Club argues that the rate continues a policy of subsidizing developers and suburban sprawl at the expense of the the common user through fixed, regressive fees, and a rate that rewards commercial and industrial users.

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