Author: Texas Living Waters

Water loss mitigation is finally getting the attention it deserves

Some great news for Texas’ strained water resources: after months of intense advocacy on addressing water loss in Texas systems, the Texas Living Waters team got a critical win yesterday as the House amended Senate Bill 28 to include water loss mitigation projects as an intended use of funds from the new Texas Water Fund. We have worked extensively this session to get water loss mitigation into the center of the water supply conversation. The release of Hidden Reservoirs, our groundbreaking statewide analysis of water loss and recovery potential, spurred a flurry of conversations at the Capitol culminating this week in Representative Tracy King proposing a water loss mitigation amendment to SB 28: Our work...

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Come celebrate Texas rivers with us!

The TLW helped chip in on the brew day for Take Me to the River. Meanwhile has adopted a number water-saving measures we hope other area breweries will soon adopt. Join the Texas Living Waters Project at Meanwhile Brewing in Austin as we celebrate the release of ‘Take Me to the River’ — a hazy IPA brewed to celebrate Texas rivers using Meanwhile’s signature water-saving process. Attendees can watch a Groundwater vs Surface Water soccer match, enter a raffle to win prizes from Yeti and Patagonia, and chat with fellow Texas water-lovers as we celebrate our rivers. No Texas summer is complete without a trip to the river. While Texas rivers are beloved treasures, they are also...

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Amidst record growth, Texas needs to conserve its open land & water resources

Read more about the proposed new fund We're used to bad water news in Texas. This #WorldWaterDay there's something genuinely worth celebrating: Texas lawmakers are coming together behind two bills (HJR138/HB3165) that would grant $2 billion to help conserve Texas' open land and waterways under pressure from growth and climate change. To celebrate this positive momentum and encourage Texans to voice their support for these bills, National Wildlife Federation's Amanda Fuller spoke to a range of TV news channels from across Texas. Here's a quick roundup of some of the interviews and stories: CBS 12 - Sherman/North Texas Full story on NBC News 4 - San Antonio Full story on Fox 44 - Waco Full story on ABC 7 -...

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It’s time for a water session at the Legislature

by Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation and Suzanne Scott, The Nature Conservancy There are now over 30 million Texans. The state crossed that landmark in mid-2022, gaining the most new residents of any state in the nation, with projections of an additional 25 million people living in Texas by 2050. All that growth is taking its toll on the state’s finite and fragile water resources. Groundwater, which supplies most of our state’s drinking water, is now being extracted at twice the sustainable rate and less than 2% of Texas streams remain free of significant chemicals from wastewater discharge. Increased climate variability is compounding things. After a decade of unprecedented flooding from Houston to the Hill Country, the last few years have...

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