Volume: 2 Issue: 4

April 2019

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Autumn Sunset at 5 Mile Dam © 2019 Andy Heatwole

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The Q&A: Jose Luis Castro-Ruiz

In this issue’s Q&A, Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, interviews Jose Luis Castro-Ruiz, a professor-researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Monterrey, Mexico. Full story from Texas+Water →

outlook + water

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

The High Plains and Lower Rio Grande Valley are out of drought, but drought conditions expanded in south-central, central, and north-central Texas. 

El Niño
 is still with us and may remain with us through the fall.

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Talk+Water: Lara Fowler

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Todd Votteler, talks with Lara Fowler, who is a mediator and an attorney focused on all things water, energy, and dispute resolution. Full story from Texas+Water →

news + water

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.

Trump Issues Executive Orders Seeking to Speed Up Oil and Gas Pipeline Projects

Oil and gas companies have complained that protests and court cases have slowed construction of pipelines needed as U.S. fossil fuel production expands. Full story from the Texas Tribune →

Across the Hill Country, Sewage Plants Threaten to Turn Clear Streams Into Algae Pools

From Bandera to Blanco, Hill Country residents are increasingly grappling with plans to discharge treated sewage into the region's clear waterways. Full story from the Rivard Report →

Permian Basin Water Disposal Volumes Expected to Double by 2022

Oilfield wastewater disposal volumes are expected to double in the Permian Basin within the next two to three years, a new analysis from global energy intelligence firm Wood Mackenzie shows. Full story from the Houston Chronicle →

Could a Tug-of-War Between Two Central Texas Counties Leave Residents Without Drinking Water?

Dirk Aaron’s timing was terrible. He took over management of Bell County’s Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District in the summer of 2011, the driest year in Texas history. What made the drought particularly difficult was that the less it rained, the more groundwater people pumped. Full story from Texas Monthly →

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Leg+Water: April Update

Every month during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Todd Votteler will provide an update on water-related legislationFull story from Texas+Water →

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Drainage, Detention, and Development Regulations

The Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium (GHFMC) has published dual research reports that examine current standards in the area’s drainage, detention and development regulations. The reports also include findings that encourage implementation of new and updated flood management infrastructure approaches and regulations to mitigate the risk of future flooding. Full reports from GHFMC →

Super Moisture‐Absorbent Gels for All‐Weather Atmospheric Water Harvesting

Access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may offer a new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water. Full report from the University of Texas →

Floating Solar: An Emerging Opportunity at the Energy-Water Nexus

Texas leads the nation in renewable energy production and is experiencing tremendous growth in the solar energy sector, with the Solar Energy Industries Association reporting that Texas is on track to become the fastest growing utility-scale solar market in the United States within the next five years. In this market, a new photovoltaic (PV) technology, floating solar, is gaining attention. Floating solar PV systems use the same types of PV panels as land-based systems, but the panels are either floating in the water (tethered to the land or substrate) or are suspended over a water body.  Full report from the Texas Water Journal →

people + water

Governor Abbott has appointed Chad H. Foster Jr., Annelise Gonzalez, Debra Young Hatch, Marshall Davidson, Howard "Tony" Wood, and William "Bill" Schuchman and reappointed W. Alston Beinhorn for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023 to the Nueces River Authority Board of Directors. The Governor additionally appointed Karen Knolle and reappointed John Galloway for terms to expire on February 1, 2021.


  • Watershed Manager, North Texas Municipal Water District - Wylie. Details.
  • Natural Resources Specialist V (San Antonio Ecosystem Leader), Texas Parks & Wildlife Department - Port O'Conner. Details.
  • Deputy Director of Water and Wastewater, City of Denton - Denton. Details.

events + water

Riparian & Stream Training 

May 1, 2019
Baytown, TX

Healthy Lawns, Heathly Waters Training 

May 7, 2019
Boerne, TX

2nd Annual Loco Trash Bash

May 11, 2019
Austin, TX

Girl Scout Badge Day: Wonder of Water

May 18, 2019
San Marcos, TX

Urban Stream Processes & Restoration Training 

May 7, 2019
Junction, TX

TCEQ's Environmental Trade Fair and Conference

May 14-15, 2019
Austin, TX

Texas OSSF Advanced Treatment Course

May 15, 2019
Lufkin, TX

8th Annual Water Reuse in Texas Conference

May 23, 2019
McAllen, TX

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