Archive for posts tagged ‘water’

TCEQ Drought Rule Could Result in Takings

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the current drought will continue or intensity for most of Texas over the coming months.  The Lower Colorado River Authority has warned that, unless conditions improve, drought conditions this year could be worst on record. In its current session, the Texas legislature has responded to drought primarily by looking to the long-term. … Full Story

Groundwater and the 83rd Texas Legislature: Despite Legal Uncertainties, Pragmatic Improvements Still Possible (and Necessary)

Shrinking reservoirs and dry river beds have galvanized public and policy maker attention to water issues in the last year.  From how to provide state funding for critical water conservation and infrastructure needs to controversy over surface water rights allocation during droughts, attention has generally centered on more visible surface water issues. But, those aren’t the only issues… Full Story

Brazos River Lawsuit Raises Questions about Methods Texas Should Use to Modernize Its Surface Water Rights System

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has rescinded a controversial order suspending certain water rights in the Brazos River basin.  The agency had been scheduled to consider a recent modification to the order at its hearing this Wednesday. In many ways, the order had served as a trial balloon of a policy the agency wants to use to manage water as… Full Story

Under Bill, Homeowners Associations Can’t Block Water Conservation

Water planners have warned that Texas cannot meet its future water needs unless it conserves more water.  The 2012 State Water Plan – the starting point for water negotiations during this legislative session – calls for about a third of the additional supplies needed by 2060 to be achieved through conservation or reuse. That is a tall… Full Story

Colorado River Agreement a Harbinger of Future Cooperation

The United States and Mexico have agreed to new rules governing the allocation of water from the Colorado River, in a move that comes as a result of increasing collaboration between the countries on water management issues and will likely lead the way to further joint efforts.  (Mary Kelly, from the Trans Pecos Water and Land Trust,… Full Story