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July 9, 2008

Environmental Groups Hail Passage of House Bill 3

Three major environmental groups commended the Texas House of Representatives for its preliminary approval today of legislation aimed at preserving the flows in Texas rivers and freshwater inflows into the state’s coastal bays and estuaries. National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense, and the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club all participated in negotiations with water […]

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November 14, 2006

State water plan could leave Texas’ fish and wildlife high and dry

Today, as expected, the Texas Water Development Board approved its long-range water plan at the agency’s board meeting in Austin. A coalition of conservation groups criticized the plan, saying it could harm fish and wildlife if implemented as written. The groups contend that the plan also fails to tap into the full potential of water […]

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May 22, 2006

Deposit Made to the State’s Water Trust 33,108 acre-feet deposited

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved a significant deposit into the Texas Water Trust by Texas State University. Texas State deposited 33,108 acre-feet of Guadalupe River Basin water in perpetuity to the trust as part of an amendment adding an in-stream use to the university’s existing water rights permit. The university is only […]

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May 16, 2006

Conservationists say new water plan leaves little for fish, wildlife, recreation

A new long-term water plan for the lower Colorado River basin would leave little water for fish, wildlife, and recreation and for the people whose livelihoods depend on those resources, conservation advocates say. The plan anticipates drastic changes to the region’s water resources, including a 1.7 billion dollar pipeline to San Antonio. Download PDF  

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May 1, 2006

Gov. Perry Creates Environmental Flows Advisory Committee

Gov. Rick Perry today issued an executive order establishing the Environmental Flows Advisory Committee to examine issues relating to protection of instream flows and freshwater inflows for the state’s rivers, lakes, bays, and estuaries. “Water is our most valuable natural resource, and how we manage our river and bay systems during low-flow conditions is of […]

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