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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Feds Declare Fishery Disaster For Florida Oyster Industry

Huffington Post, August 13, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly a year after the state first asked for help, federal officials are declaring a fishery disaster for Florida’s oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Environmental Concerns Rise as Brazos Levels Fall

Texas Tribune, August 13, 2013

GLEN ROSE — At 840 miles long, the Brazos River is a lifeline for municipalities that pump water, industries that use the water for manufacturing plants and farmers who have relied on the river to irrigate…

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