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Drought: Always a Disaster, Never a Presidentially Declared One

In May, the Senate passed the Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014 (S. 2198), a bill directing various federal agencies to provide California with additional water supplies during its current drought. The version of the bill originally introduced included a title that would have amended the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act,... Full Story

Coal Ash Disposal Challenge (Part 1)

(Editor’s Note: This post is the first of a two-part series on coal ash disposal. The first part focuses on federal coal cash regulations. The second examines coal ash in Texas. ) In February of this year, we heard a lot about the discharge of coal ash into the Dan River, which runs along the... Full Story

SAWS Application for Bed-and-Banks Permit Highlights Tension in Having Dual Surface Water and Groundwater Regimes

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) has developed a creative legal strategy for improving the ecology of the San Antonio River and San Antonio Bay: indirectly reusing groundwater-derived effluent not by re-diverting for municipal uses but by running it down to the coast as an  an instream flow. This strategy – which still requires Texas... Full Story

Proposition 6 and Local Debt Levels in Texas

We recently blogged about a Columbia University study showing that there is a correlation between rising water rates and utility debt levels.  The study found, by way of recap, that utilities across the country have increased water rates to pay off new infrastructure, and – somewhat unexpectedly – the higher rates depressed the demand for... 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

“Interregional Conflicts” in Texas Water Planning

Since its release, the 2012 State Water Plan (SWP) has served as a blueprint for Texas water planning and a call-to-arms for lawmakers intent on increasing infrastructure funding.  But a recent state appellate court decision highlights the flaws inherent in the SWP and weakens its position as a foundation for future water policy. The SWP... 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

Water for Wildlife: The Fate of the Whooping Crane Depends on It

Texas is entering the third year of a drought that threatens to be worse than the 1950s’ drought of record. Across the state, the reservoirs that supply our towns and support industrial and agricultural demands are at alarmingly low levels, with no relief in sight. The Texas Legislature is poised to create a fund to... Full Story

WTO Rules against Provision in Ontario Energy Policy

The World Trade Organization (WTO) recently ruled against Canada in a dispute around the local content requirement of a provincial renewable energy program. Ontario adopted a feed-in tariff requiring utilities to buy energy from renewable projects that used local goods and services for up to 60 percent of inputs. Japan and later the European Union filed... Full Story

Conflict over Hydraulic Fracturing: Politics vs. Policy

The policy debate over hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) in the northeastern states of the Marcellus Shale has generated much more heat than light.  It is the mirror image of the climate change debate, during which opponents of climate change turned a blind eye to climate science and the empirical evidence supporting the notion that human... Full Story