Archive for Posts tagged: ‘drought’

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Considers Water Scarcity

This year, as state officeholders – and later voters – considered a new funding program for water infrastructure, supporters of the measure warned of the economic consequences that Texas would incur if it failed to act.  Several unsettling figures were plucked from the State Water Plan (SWP) and repeated far and wide. In a report... Full Story

The 180-Day Threshold: When Water Supplies Become Critically Low

We recently blogged about the factors that H.B. 4/Proposition 6 would require the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to consider when allocating financial support from the new $2 billion water infrastructure bank. One of these factors is “whether there is an emergency need for the project, taking into consideration: (A) whether the applicant is included... Full Story

Endangered Species and Texas Water: Will the Whooping Crane and the Sharpnose Shiner Change the Course of State Law?

Water is the lifeblood of municipal, agricultural, and industrial development in the United States.  Shortages of freshwater, exacerbated by drought and inadequate infrastructure, threaten to cause regional crises and, ultimately, to limit growth. Freshwater shortages also cause harm to aquatic organisms and other wildlife that rely on ecosystems that have evolved in response to historic... Full Story

Requiring and Enforcing Drought Conservation Plans

Here in Austin, many Cap Metro buses have been emblazoned with ads reminding locals that Stage 2 watering restrictions remain in effect.  The ads feature big shapes and bold colors that seem to draw from the same palette that the Disney Channel does.  But for all the aesthetic flourishes and visual fun, the phrase “Stage... Full Story

LCRA and the “Drought of Record”

The reservoirs Lake Buchanan and Lake Travis are the source of water on which most central Texans depend and which the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) manages. The reservoirs have experienced periods of drought in the past, with the drought of record in the 1950’s being the most severe and prolonged drought in recorded history... Full Story

Water Supply and System Loss in Texas

KVUE reported last week that the City of Austin lost 3 billion gallons of water to leaky or broken pipes in 2012 and another 4 billion in 2011 – at the very time Texas was contending with its worst single-year drought on record. The station quoted a city spokesperson as saying that Austin has hundreds of miles... Full Story

Texas’ Changing Relationship with Water

Austin journalist (and full disclosure: Energy Center friend) Ari Phillips recently published a fantastic investigative piece in Texas Climate News on groundwater depletion in Central Texas.  Among the highlights: Insulation from Drought:  Ari notes that during the 1950s drought – the worst on record, as many new stories about the current drought have reminded – “most Texans... Full Story

Congressional Research Service on Drought

Though there has recently been heavy flooding in the Upper Mississippi, almost two-thirds of the country – including Texas — remains in a drought or abnormally dry.  Against this backdrop, the Congressional Research Service this week released a report on drought causes, patterns and policy responses.  Among the observations: Climactic Conditions Future Conditions Likely to be Drier:  Modeling suggests the... Full Story

Scarcity and the Safe Drinking Water Act: When Could an Aquifer Serve as a Source of Drinking Water?

The local Farm Bureau chapter and other Goliad County interests recently petitioned the Fifth Circuit to review an EPA action that would exempt a portion of the Goliad Aquifer from certain provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act (“SDWA”). The exemption would allow a Corpus Christi company, Uranium Energy Corp., to mine uranium near the town of Anders by pumping oxygenated water... Full Story