Cutting off Matagorda Bay’s Water is Unwise and Inconsistent with Texas Law

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October 01, 2013

Previously, we posted about LCRA’s decision to seek emergency authorization from TCEQ to allow them to diverge from their Water Management Plan and suspend river flows to Matagorda Bay LCRA submitted their request to TCEQ on Thursday, September 26th.  We will lay out the process at TCEQ in another post.  Our current guess is that […]

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Drought : Texas Authority Votes to Cut Off Water to State’s Second-Largest Estuary

Energy and Environment Publishing: ClimateWire, September 30, 2013

Once again, it’s upstream users versus downstream users in southeast Texas as a record-breaking, five-year drought forces authorities to make tough decisions about who gets access to dwindling water supplies — and who doesn’t.

This time, it’s Texas’ second-largest estuary, Matagorda Bay, that is facing a cutoff of freshwater flows from the region’s two artificial reservoirs.

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State Officials Should Engage (Not Fight) Stakeholders on Endangered Species

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September 19, 2013

When you decide to dedicate your career to environmental advocacy, you know the job will involve tackling some difficult issues and you know many people are going to disagree with you.  I think that’s great. The best ideas usually include a variety of opinions and viewpoints.  While I welcome a debate on complex environmental issues, […]

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LCRA to Take Matagorda Bay Off Life Support?

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September 19, 2013

UPDATE 9/19: The LCRA Board voted 9-6 yesterday to seek emergency authorization from TCEQ to temporarily suspend freshwater inflows to Matagorda Bay.  Sierra Club / National Wildlife Federation statement and LCRA Board Resolution. ORIGINAL POST 9/12: Matagorda Bay is the second largest estuary on the Texas Gulf Coast.  The Bay stretches over approximately 350 square miles and, […]

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Plan Could Cut Flows into Matagorda Bay

Houston Chronicle, September 16, 2013

A Central Texas river authority on Wednesday will make a decision that many fear plays God with Matagorda Bay.

The 15-member board of the Lower Colorado River Authority will consider an emergency plan that could withhold critical freshwater from one of the state’s most productive estuaries for the rest of the year.

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Water Rights Restricted Along the San Saba

Texas Tribune, September 6, 2013

In Texas, because surface water belongs to the state, rights must be purchased to use the water for irrigation purposes. Those rights are prioritized based on the date each one was granted. However, according to state law, those who do not have water rights but require the water for domestic or livestock use trump the most senior water rights.

Two such domestic and livestock users made calls to TCEQ in mid-August requesting that water be restricted upstream to allow flows to return to their property.

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Along Canadian River, Concerns About Drought and Fish

Texas Tribune, September 5, 2013

AMARILLO — By an interstate overpass along the languid Canadian River near Amarillo, off-road vehicles zooming by are a common sight.

“They get in the river and run up and down it,” said Gene Wilde, a professor of biology at Texas Tech University. It’s legal, he said, but “they’re not supposed to get in the water. Technically, if there was a federal marshal out here, that is harassing the fish.”

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Money for Water, but we Need to be Careful

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August 29, 2013

As we explained in an earlier post, voters will soon have the opportunity to pass a constitutional amendment to partially fund the State Water Plan.  Even with these additional funds, it’s easy to see that there won’t be enough money to pay for every desired project across the state.  The Texas Tribune recently examined the […]

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In the Garden With Urban Harvest: That Swath of Lawn Proves Not so Green After All

Houston Chronicle, August 23, 2013

Lawns are boring. There, I said it. A look out the window at an expanse of emerald green has no allure for me. There are no attractions for butterflies, songbirds, or honeybees, either – they would starve or not bother to make a fly over.

As much as 238 gallons of water per person, per day is applied to turf grasses in America. For homeowners, because lawn care does not consume much of their household budget, they tend to use more, lots more.

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