Texas

November 20, 2014--Underground water bubble is huge help during drought (KSAT)

Despite another drought-stricken year and very low aquifer levels, SAWS customers never faced Stage III restrictions. A reserve underground “bubble” of water, located at the Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery Facility, or ASR as it is known, is a big reason why. As a resource, it had never been as valuable as it was in 2014.


October 8, 2014--SA's Texas water exchange is first of its kind in Western Hemisphere (ABC)

"There's money to be made off water,” said Anastasia Valdes, CEO of the Texas Water Exchange. In some cases, there is a lot of money to be made off of the resource. As a result, Texans are starting to lease and sell the commodity in large quantities.


September 19, 2014--Western U.S. governors begin drought discussions (Circle of Blue)

In the midst of a record-smashing dry cycle in the United States, the organization with the most influence over state and federal drought policy wants to do a better job managing the crisis. The need is evident. New research indicates that current state drought plans are inadequate for the task.


August 25, 2014--Northern California 6.0 quake linked to decades of overpumping groundwater? (Los Angeles Times/WIP)

Less than one week after a Los Angeles Times article linked excessive groundwater pumping to earthquakes, a level 6.0 quake rocked the Napa Valley area yesterday. From the article:


August 18, 2014--The cup's half full without groundwater regulation (Los Angeles Times)

They're all patting themselves on the back in the state Capitol for finally achieving a water bond deal. And that's fine. It was a momentous act. But what really would be historic — and worth running self-congratulatory reelection ads about — would be to pair the bond proposal with even more important groundwater regulation.

July 30, 2014--Should wastewater utilities own the water they treat after its discharged? (Water Online)

Texas regulators appear to be shooting down an unconventional proposal by a utility to take ownership of the water it treats. The logic behind the original proposal, per the Texas Tribune: "Every year, the San Antonio Water System treats close to 33 billion gallons of wastewater and discharges it into the San Antonio River.


July 24, 2014--Colorado official: Rio Grande use appropriate (The Pueblo Chieftain)

For more than four decades, Colorado has followed the letter of the law that dictates how flows on the Rio Grande are divvied up with downstream neighbors New Mexico and Texas. But a New Mexico environmental group concerned with the survival of an endangered fish says that is not enough.


July 19, 2014--About the Ogallala (Kansas Agland)

The Ogallala Aquifer - a nearly 174,000-square-mile underground cache of water that spreads across parts of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming - is one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world.


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