Water conservation by the yard-estimated savings from outdoor watering restrictions

March 2015

Outdoor water use, particularly lawn watering, accounts for almost one third of annual residential water use in Texas, and can represent a much higher percentage during our hot, dry summers. Studies show that homeowners have a tendency to overwater landscapes by as much as two to three times the amount needed.

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Desalination: Is it Worth its Salt?

November 2013

Desalination is often viewed as a solution to many water supply problems and is often hailed as a ‘drought resistant’ supply. This report explores the environmental, energy, and economic issues surrounding desalination and provides an overview of desalination activities in Texas.

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Crabbing a fun way to connect with bays

Houston Chronicle, August 1, 2015

It was just a 4-foot piece of cheap string with a skinned chicken’s neck insecurely secured to one end with clumsy overhand knots fashioned by the unpracticed fingers of a 5-year-old. But it proved the conduit through which a connection was made to the coastal marine world that has lasted a lifetime.

It is a story that has been and, happily, continues to be repeated hundreds of thousands of times along the Texas coast and focuses on one of the most universally fascinating – and delicious – residents of the state’s bays: blue crabs.

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Some fear proposed regional water plan doesn’t conserve enough

Galveston Daily News, July 30, 2015

A regional water plan has some questioning whether the proposal puts too much emphasis on new water projects and ignores feasible conservation strategies.

The draft proposal for Region H — the 15-county area that includes Galveston — spells out how area water planners intend to meet the region’s needs.

It’s one of 16 plans from regions around Texas that comprise the 2017 state water plan, which provides a blueprint for how to quench increased water demand amid rapid population growth.

Water Board Set to OK $4 Billion in Projects

Texas Tribune, July 23, 2015

The Texas Water Development Board is poised to approve nearly $4 billion in financing for dozens of projects to increase water supplies across the state, and a handful to promote conservation.

But even environmental groups are praising the board for embracing every conservation project that sought state help, which they hope will inspire even more local water utilities to dip into a new pool of state money for water-related projects. 

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Despite Rains, Lake Release Limits Upheld

Texas Tribune, July 2, 2015

Despite recent wet weather, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality affirmed an emergency order Wednesday that extends limits on downstream releases from Lakes Travis and Buchanan.

The move comes in response to a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority and essentially cuts off water from the lakes to rice farmers and interests in the Gulf Coast, Lakeside and Pierce Ranch irrigation operations through Oct. 15 and as many as 60 days after. The affirmed order includes limited exceptions for the Garwood Irrigation Division.

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