Water resources in Texas are comprised of a variety of sources: rivers, creeks, reservoirs, livestock "tanks," springs, and aquifers. The use of these resources are managed in a complex system that must juggle the interests of industry, agriculture, municipalities, recreation and environment.
This site focuses on the water resources found in the hills of Central Texas, including the basics about aquifers, the management of groundwater, and the economic value of the water. The information is presented as an educational tool for the public in order to promote stewardship in this unique sysem.
Be sure to check out our partners website; the Blanco Water Atlas. http://blancowateratlas.wordpress.com/
Growing Pains in America's Fast Growing City of San Marcos
San Marcos, Texas is the fastest growing city in the nation, in a rapidly-growing state, and with that growth comes concerns over balancing development with environmental and ecological needs. Tensions over development exist in communities across the country, but they are amplified in San Marcos, which is home to approximately 50,000 people, and a number of endangered species, including rare salamanders and golden-cheecked warblers. Details.
TRCA State Conference
Mark your calendars for May 11th, 2013, and join Texas Rainwater Catchment Association for the annual state conference in San Marcos. There will be informative talks from public and private rainwater specialists. As last year, they will be providing ARCSA certified instructional rainwater harvesting class in the days prior to the conference. This will be the two-day Accredited Professional course on Thursday and Friday at the conference center. Details
Texas homeowners now allowed drought-resistant lawns
The Texas Legislature has guaranteed the right of landowners to install drought-resistant landscaping. The Senate passed a bill Monday denying homeowners' associations the power to ban landscaping designs intended to save water. Read more.
Andy Sansom: "Action on Texas Water needed now"
"Because the landscape of Texas is more than 95 percent owned by private citizens, vitually all our watersheds, all our recharge zones and all the countryside where the raindrops fall are on private property. The implications for our water supply are that in Texas we lose rural and agricultural land faster than any other state. Read more.
Area lake levels lower than a year ago
The Texas Water Development Board monitors more than 115 water reservoirs across the state. Of the 19 lakes and reservoirs in the West Texas, 13 acres are down in water levels compared to last year. Read More.
Drought plan for Edwards Aquifer is OK'd
A plan to manage the competing uses of the Edwards Aquifer in a drought was approved Thursday and couldn't be more timely, as the region faces what may be one for the record books. The Edward underneath San Antonio is at 653 feet above sea level, 16.8 feet below average. Read more.
Ruling on Whooping Cranes could be felt across state
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality safeguards the state's natural resources, but this week a federal judge found the agency responsible for the deaths of 23 whooping cranes- a ruling with potentially wide-randing consequences. Read more.
The Polling Center: Water not floating to top with Texas voters
Despite water's saturation of the political priority list, the public still appears ambivalent about Texas' water needs and out of step with state legislator on how to pay for it, according to the latest UT/Texas Tribune Poll. Read More.
The Fall 2013 issue of txH2O covers urban water issues and examines declining municipal supplies, graywater possibilities, turf management practices, freshwater mussel research and more..
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