Use Hill Country landscape to mitigate water risks

This article is by Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation and Vanessa Puig-Williams, Environmental Defense Fund. It originally appeared in the San Antonio Express News on Aug 7, 2023. There’s a deep red bull’s-eye hovering over the Hill Country in the Texas

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Texas Observer: Dow’s River

“As with most Texas rivers, the water flowing between the Brazos’ banks is already spoken for. In the late 1800s, Texas began selling off surface water rights to the first bidder—creating a “first in time, first in right,” system. On

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texas living waters

Texas Living Waters is a collaboration of conservation groups working to ensure Texas has the water it needs for thriving communities and abundant fish and wildlife.


The Ike Dike could cost $57 billion over a 20-year period due to inflation and rising costs. That puts a much bigger burden on five coastal counties to raise the nearly $20 billion needed for local cost share, notes our policy specialist @DanielleGoshen.

"To strike oil in America, you need water. Plenty of it."

A fascinating deep dive into how water supplies in Texas are threatened by "monster fracks" that pump aquifers and other vulnerable sources:

A very serious and costly reminder of the importance of maintaining freshwater inflows. They are not just for the health of bay and estuary ecosystems — but for the proper functioning of drinking water systems as well.

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