Wednesday, September 25, 2013

In the Flow Vol: 1 Issue: 14, 25 September 2013

Welcome to In the Flow, a water news wrap-up and analysis prepared every other week by The Texas Tribune and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. We bring you the latest news and events concerning the river systems of Texas and important water issues on a state and regional level.
In the Flow Vol: 1 Issue: 14:

by Neena Satija
UPDATED: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved the permit for construction of North Texas' Lake Ralph Hall, the first major new reservoir built in the state in decades. 

by Neena Satija
As the Highland Lakes that supply Austin drop to near-historic lows, the Lower Colorado River Authority is considering cutting off flows to Matagorda Bay. But officials on the Gulf Coast say the move could devastate the economy. 

by Jim Malewitz
A diverse coalition is racing to institute a plan to increase energy and water efficiency upgrades that supporters say could help Texas improve its conservation record. 

A new survey shows that many top business executives from around the world believe that the global economy may not be able to keep up with growing populations' demands on natural resources.

Sport fishing in the U.S. has suffered because of climate change and will likely fare even worse in the future, according to a new report on the effects of rising temperatures.

Kenyan officials and the U.N. have announced the discovery of huge aquifers beneath the surface of the arid northern part of the country.

by David Muto
The Tribune and In the Flow are pleased to present two conversations, in Houston and Fort Worth, about the 2013 ballot initiative on state spending for water infrastructure. 

The Water Institute of Texas will sponsor a symposium on emerging water issues, including long-term water availability and the water regulatory environment.

The Caddo Lake Institute's president on Saturday will discuss the Paddlefish Project, an experiment to return the species to the Big Cypress and Caddo Lake watershed.

THIRST, a temporary art installation on Austin's Lady Bird Lake commemorating the 300 million trees lost in the state's drought, will remain on view from Sept. 28 to Dec. 30.

by Ryan Murphy
Using data from the Texas Water Development Board's reservoir status tracker, our auto-updating map visualizes the current state of Texas reservoirs.

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