Looking into the crystal ball: 2014-15 Galveston Bay oyster season

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December 17, 2014

Texas’ commercial oyster season began November 1, 2014 and runs until April 30, 2015. Last year’s harvest was marked by drought, an oil spill, and a toxic algal bloom. Historically, Galveston Bay oysters accounted for about 72% of Texas total harvest by weight; however, the last 3 seasons dropped to 42%. Given these challenges, will […]

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Central Texas drought persists, with October flows into Lakes Travis and Buchanan among lowest on record

Austin American Statesman, November 10, 2014

The Lower Colorado River Authority has tallied the affect of early autumn rains on Central Texas’ major reservoirs, and the results were not much to cheer about.

Light rains in October led to little runoff in the tributaries that feed lakes Travis and Buchanan. October inflows were the third lowest October inflows in the region’s history, totaling 9,242 acre-feet, or just 7.7 percent of the average for the month. An acre-foot of water is enough to satisfy the lawn-watering, drinking, bathing, and washing needs of four average Austin households for a year.

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Options Drying Up For Some Parched North Texas Towns

State Impact Texas, November 3, 2014

Although parts of the state saw massive amounts of rain in October, parched conditions remain a dismal reality for many north Texas towns.

In September, StateImpact spoke with people in two towns – Gordon and Mineral Wells – both scrambling for alternative water sources. Gordon had about four months of water left at the end of August according to the city’s utilities director, Kenneth Epperson.

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Editorial: Saving the Gulf

Houston Chronicle, October 31, 2014

The rangia clam is a quarter-sized bivalve that most of us have never heard of. Not consumed by humans, it is a vital element in the marine life of Galveston Bay, the first link in the food chain for the bay’s shrimp, crab, oysters and many varieties of fish.

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Deaths of tiny clams in Galveston Bay may portend problems: Ongoing study finds salinity up, indicating effects of long drought

Houston Chronicle, October 24, 2014

BEACH CITY – From the boat slips of this Chambers County hamlet, Galveston Bay looks just as beautiful as ever, with the sun rising from the flat-line horizon to cast a greenish-blue tint on the calm waters.

But the view masks a troubling reality: The bay isn’t as alive as it once was.

Scientists are finding fewer rangia clams in a northeast inlet of the bay, suggesting that not enough fresh water is flowing from the Trinity River to protect the ecological health of a drought-plagued state’s most bountiful estuary.

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Jefferson: Water pipeline too much of a good deal

San Antonio Express News, October 17, 2014

If City Council allows SAWS to put up the money, San Antonio can finally shed the stigma of being known nationally as a water-poor city.

That was Frost Bank CEO Dick Evans’ message during a recent public hearing on the controversial Vista Ridge pipeline project.

The city’s influential business leaders — whose ranks are dwindling — have been pushing for a major deal like this for well over two decades. Their basic argument never changes: Jobs are at risk. Large out-of-town employers won’t expand here if fast-growing San Antonio doesn’t make a decisive move to reduce its dependence on the regulated Edwards Aquifer.

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