New desalination plans carry promise, risks

The Daily Texan, November 20, 2015

After the floods in May and recent rains, it’s easy to forget that Texas was, not so long ago, in a serious drought.  In fact, the drought hasn’t ended, and even when it does end, our state will still need to find freshwater resources to meet the needs of a growing population and booming economy.  And we will have to do this while protecting the rivers, springs and lakes that make Texas a beautiful and healthy place to live.  We must remember that developing new water resources can be costly in many ways, and regulators must take steps to minimize those costs.

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Abilene does not need Cedar Ridge to fulfill water needs

Abilene Reporter News, November 15, 2015

Earlier this month, the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group approved the 2015 Brazos G Regional Water Plan, with the price tag going up again on the proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir.

Being included in the regional plan doesn’t necessarily mean that the reservoir will be built — that’s up to the Abilene City Council. It’s time for Abilene residents to take a close look at the $290 million cost to build Cedar Ridge Reservoir — you’ll learn that building it would be a waste of Abilene residents’ money.

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New plan would lessen LCRA obligation to release Highland Lakes water

Austin American Statesman, November 3, 2015

Reinforcing the clout of Austin and other Central Texas lakeside communities, a new water management plan that could get state approval Wednesday would make it less likely for downriver rice farmers and wildlife to get pulses of freshwater from the Highland Lakes in coming years.

If you think of the Colorado River as a car, and the Lower Colorado River Authority as its driver, then the water management plan is the driver’s manual.

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LCRA denies records request; environmental foundation threatens litigation

Bay City Tribune, October 28, 2015

HOUSTON – The Matagorda Bay Foundation’s (MBF) concern about the environmental health of Matagorda Bay was reignited last Thursday, October 22, when the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) refused to release basic hydrology models as part of an open records request. Instead, the LCRA is asking the Attorney General whether it has to give the models to MBF or can keep them confidential indefinitely.

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Vista Ridge Deal Dominates UTSA Water Symposium

Rivard Report, October 22, 2015

San Antonio Water System President and CEO Robert Puente offered a vigorous defense of the Vista Ridge project meeting the city’s long-term water needs at the same time he reaffirmed SAWS continuing commitment to conservation, which has won the water utility national acclaim.

Puente made his remarks Wednesday during the Texas Water Symposium at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) sponsored by the Hill Country Alliance, the first of two major water policy panels scheduled for late October.

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Water Board Moves to Resolve Reservoir Conflict

Texas Tribune, September 10, 2015

Disagreeing with Dallas-Fort Worth-area water officials, the Texas Water Development Board decided on Wednesday that a years-long conflict over a yet-to-be-built reservoir in the region’s 50-year water plan is serious enough that it should be resolved.

The water-planning agency voted unanimously to deem a disagreement between two contiguous water-planning regions in North and Northeast Texas an “interregional conflict,” setting into motion a third-party mediation that must begin by Oct. 5.

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Region H water plan leaves region needing a water plan

Galveston Daily News, September 1, 2015

We have written numerous stories in the past few months about the Region H water plan that covers a 15-county area, including Galveston, Brazoria and Harris counties. The current draft for its five-year plan has more than 700 projects and strategies, and, once finalized later this year, will be folded into the 2017 comprehensive statewide water plan, which estimates the state’s future water needs based on projected population changes. Public comment on the draft plan ends today.

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