Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TRIB+Water Volume: 2 Issue: 5

Welcome to Trib+Water, 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.

Vol: 2 Issue: 5:
by Andrew Sansom
An open letter from Andrew Sansom of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment on the launch of the revamped Trib+Water newsletter.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has decided not to take action yet on a controversial plan that would almost surely cut off water from rice farmers in the lower Colorado River basin for a third straight year. 

In this week's Q&A, we interview Robert Gulley and Todd Votteler of Water Dispute Resolution LLC.

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Blue Revolution, The Next Tsunami and The Ripple Effect.

Yakona, a film that documents an impressionistic journey down the San Marcos River, from source to sea, will make its world premiere in Austin at South by Southwest.
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Kathleen Thea Jackson, an engineer and former public affairs manager for Exxon Mobil Corp., to the Texas Water Development Board.
Kayakers and canoeists around the state are being invited to join the Texas Stream Team, a citizen science program that has been monitoring water quality in Texas waterways for 23 years.
According a new study financed by the University of Texas Energy Institute, the amount of water used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Barnett Shale area in 2011 amounted to about 8.5 billion gallons, or about 4 percent of the water used in the 15-country region.
Despite the multiyear drought that has caused ranchers to sell millions of heads of cattle, Texas led the nation in livestock sales over the past five years.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing a $25 billion plan to fix the state’s major water transport system, which transfers water by means of pumps and aqueducts from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms in the San Joaquin Valley and the state’s major coastal cities.
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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