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Volume 3, Issue 6

June 2020


Galveston Bay © 2018 Jo Ann Snover


talk+water: Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, talks with Dr. Ken Kramer, Water Resources Chair for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Jennifer Walker, Deputy Director for Texas Water Programs at the National Wildlife Federation, about the newly released Texas Water Conservation Scorecard 2020 Report. Full story from Texas+Water →


q&a+water: Robert Mace

In this issue’s Q&A, Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, interviews Dr. Robert Mace, Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. Full story from Texas+Water →


Here's a look at current and future conditions for drought and rainfall in Texas and beyond via The Meadow Center’s Executive Director, Dr. Robert Mace:

Drought has flashed into the High Plains and 27.2% of the state is now under drought conditions. Full story from Texas+Water →


think+water: Brackish Groundwater and Subsidence, Riparian Corridors, and Land-Use/Climate Impacts on Urban Watersheds

This month we explore academic publications on the topics of land subsidence and brackish groundwater resources, prioritizing riparian corridors in urban watersheds for restoration and the impacts of climate change and land-use changes on water resources. Full story from Texas+Water →


Hydrodynamic Modeling Results Showing the Effects of the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer on Salinity in Lake Houston, TX

The article discusses the upcoming Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project that will divert up to 500 million gallons per day of water from the Trinity River into Lake Houston. The authors modeled the potential for the Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer to result in changes to water quality in Lake Houston and found that salinities increased moderately over most of the scenarios. Full report from the Texas Water Journal →

2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard

A new report from the Texas Living Waters Project provides an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of 350+ water utilities in Texas. The study found that many utilities are not taking serious actions to advance water conservation. Full report for the Texas Living Waters Project

TAMU-CC Study Examines: With Texas Beaches Empty, Did Water Quality Improve?

Researchers from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies are examining water quality data collected during the quarantine to determine whether our waters changed or even improved while most people stayed home to wait out the pandemic. Full story from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Policy Innovations to Secure Drinking Water for All

A new report by the US Water Alliance and Water Foundation highlights the results of four regional roundtables that show how to drive policy change at the local and tribal levels. Full report from the US Water Alliance →

Effective Transboundary Aquifer Areas: An Approach for Transboundary Groundwater Management

Researchers from the Texas Water Resources Institute have published a paper in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association that proposes a method for delineation and prioritization of aquifers called effective transboundary aquifer areas, which uses a combination of physical criteria and the location and density of active water wells in the borderland between Mexico and Texas. Full report from the Journal of the American Water Resources Association →


The opinions in Texas+Water are those of the authors and shall not be construed to represent the opinions and policies of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Texas Water Journal or the Texas Water Resources Institute.

TWDB Seeking Nominations for State’s First Regional Flood Planning Groups

The state of Texas is beginning its first-ever regional flood planning process, and the Texas Water Development Board is looking for nominees to be considered for membership in the 15 planning groups. Full story from the Texas Water Development Board

Conservation and Reuse of Reclaimed Wastewater: A Marriage of Necessity

A new way of thinking is taking root since traditional approaches to water management are generally viewed as deficient in the face of current water-related challenges. It promises a more viable, alternative approach. Full story from the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation →

A Busy Pandemic Hurricane Season is Ramping Up

As a likely active hurricane season starts, the COVID-19 pandemic may complicate preparation and response, experts say. Full story from the Texas Water Resources Institute →

The Surprising Story of How Salt Has Helped Shape Texas

The most peculiar natural spring in Texas is saltier than the Dead Sea and deeper than anybody knows. Called the Estelline Salt Springs, it wells up from underneath the reddish surface of the Texas Panhandle. Full story from Texas Monthly →

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Sued for Allegedly Violating Federal Safe Drinking Water Act

In late March, a pipeline construction error allowed thousands of gallons of drilling fluid to contaminate the drinking water of several Blanco County landowners. Full story from KVUE →

Dallas-Fort Worth planners want new $4.4B reservoir. Northeast Texas is pushing back.

A decades-long battle over how to best meet Dallas-Fort Worth’s growing water needs has entered a contentious phase, with urban water officials and rural landowners clashing over a reservoir project that would cost at least $4.4 billion. Full story from the Fort Worth Star Telegram →

Water safety supply lines: What it takes to keep water clean

A lot goes into making water safe. Before drinking water reaches the tap, and after wastewater leaves a building, water goes through series of filtration systems that remove the “big” stuff. But that is not the end of the system. Full story from the Texas Water Resources Institute →

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