LCRA to Take Matagorda Bay Off Life Support?

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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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

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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Water Draws and Whooping Cranes

San Antonio Express News, August 26, 2013

SAWS is worried about who would be responsible for maintaining whooping cranes’ habitat.

The San Antonio Water System will contest a South Texas river authority’s bid to draw a significant amount of water from the Guadalupe River, in part because of concerns about potential damage to whooping cranes’ Gulf Coast habitat.

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Enviro Group Nabs Reservoir Storage Space to Boost River Flows

Energy and Environment Publishing: Greenwire, August 23, 2013

An environmental group and water authorities have struck an unprecedented agreement to store water in a reservoir on the Middle Rio Grande to boost river flows during dry times.

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Significant Figures by Peter Gleick – Peak Water in the American West

ScienceBlogs, August 19, 2013

It is no surprise, of course, that the western United States is dry. The entire history of the West can be told (and has been, in great books like Cadillac Desert [Reisner] and Rivers of Empire [Worster] and The Great Thirst [Hundley]) in large part through the story of the hydrology of the West…

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