Archive for posts tagged ‘Texas’

The Accuracy and Inaccuracy of Anti-Prop 6 Arguments

With the November 5 election just two weeks away, the supporters and opponents of Proposition 6 have marshaled their forces and deployed their best arguments.  The proposition’s backers have even enlisted Nolan Ryan, that Texan extraordinaire, who in a new TV spot poses before what looks like a cattle pond and encourages baseball fans: “Don’t… 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

New Texas Statutes Aimed at Halting Zebra Mussels

Tomorrow marks the official end of summer and, in some sense, the traditional end of the boating season.  In Central Texas, where year-round warm weather is a calling-card, we may not have to head for the dock just yet, but the lakes will probably become a little quieter.  Hopefully they will also stay free of… 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

Edwards Aquifer and Desalination

Texas groundwater districts are grappling with the difficult task of meeting mounting demands and preserving long-term supplies even as the recent Bragg decision has cast uncertainty over their regulatory authority. With luck, emerging strategies could help to reduce water usage and expand potential sources.  Earlier this year, the legislature passed a bill to promote research that could make two particular strategies… Full Story

Texas Cities Can Enforce State-Level Air Pollution Laws

In 2007, Houston created its own air quality program to enforce at the municipal level laws that the state would not.  A local trade group with a masterfully euphemistic name – the Business Coalition for Clean Air (BCCA) – sued the city and argued that state air quality statutes preempted the program.  The city claimed… Full Story