Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TRIB+Water Volume: 2 Issue: 25

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: 25:

Treating water as a commodity neglects fundamental differences between the two resources that we ignore at our own peril, Sharlene Leurig, the water program director at Ceres, writes in TribTalk.

by Colin McDonald and Jessi Loerch

In which we review the latest from Colin's excellent Rio Grande adventure. Check out the dispatches and photos!

In this week’s Q&A, we interview James Griffin, the Bob Bullock Chair in Public Policy and Finance at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.

The Texas Water Journal Forum, focusing on the early history of disputes over use of the Edwards Aquifer, will be held Jan. 20 at the JC Kellam Building at Texas State University in San Marcos.  

Experts on water conservation and agriculture say stewardship of private rural lands is the key to the future of conserving water in Texas, where 95 percent of the land is privately owned.

Naturalists from the Dallas/Fort Worth area joined Andrew Sansom of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment for a tour of Big Spring where the Texas Stream Team is monitoring water quality.

The drop in groundwater levels in the El Paso area following a decade-long drought in the Upper Rio Grande Basin is particularly alarming because the rate of recharge in the area is too slow to compensate for the growing rate of pumping.

Farmers in the Upper Rio Grande Valley are struggling as water authorities have been forced to cut allotments because of the severe drought.

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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