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Texas Map Shows Where Water Shortage Is Blighting Parts of State

This resource from the U.S. Drought Monitor reveals the extent of water scarcity gripping parts of Texas, with vast swathes of the state facing a severe shortage, raising concerns about the future of water access and sustainability in the region.

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Newsweek
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Pooling Resources: How Collaboration & Data Are Shaping the Future of Drinking Water

In November 2023, the Mitchell Foundation, the Environmental Policy Innovation Center, and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation began a collaborative effort to help prioritize investments and policies for improving drinking water equity in East Texas.

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Environmental Policy Innovation Center
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Heat, Drought and Population Growth Have Stressed Aquifers That Supply Water to Millions of Texans

Diminishing springs and aquifers due to heat, drought and high for demand water highlight the urgency for Central Texas conservation districts to prioritize climate-focused management, potentially involving reduced pumping for sustainability.

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Texas Tribune
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The Amenity Trap: How High-Amenity Communities Can Avoid Being Loved to Death

More than ever, people are visiting and moving to places with inspiring natural amenities. Yet rapidly growing outdoor recreation economies can also come with serious drawbacks.

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Headwaters Economics
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Op-Ed: Texas Railroad Commission Should Stop Expansion of Coal Mining

The San Miguel coal mine and power plant operation in South Texas has the dirtiest groundwater in the entire U.S., according to research. Now this company wants to expand the mine even more, and this time they want to drive ash across an essential source of drinking water for many South Texans – the San Miguel Creek, which is one of just two tributaries to Choke Canyon Reservoir.

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Caller Times
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Texas Likely Will Spend Billions Fixing its Water Systems. Will It Reach These Forgotten Colonias? 

An estimated 500,000 people live in thousands of colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. Largely built between the 1950s and 1980s, these communities have been promised water — but it has never come.

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Texas Tribune
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Texas Water Markets Review

Freshwater resources in Texas are facing unprecedented pressures. Increasing competition between water users, coupled with increasingly variable supplies, is giving rise to water scarcity across the state.

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The Nature Conservancy
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Tools for Managing Groundwater in the Texas Hill Country

This resource is meant to demystify the available tools for groundwater management and make groundwater planning and management more accessible across the Hill Country.

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Hill Country Alliance
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Leading by Example: Ordinances and Tools for Growing Hill Country Communities 

This guidebook is focused on different local policies that can guide development that is protective of Texas' Hill Country. Each guide includes links to example ordinances from around our region, as well as links to more in-depth information on the subject.

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Hill Country Alliance
  • #Energy & Environment
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Mapping A New Terrain: Five Principles for Equitable Rural Outdoor Recreation Economies

As new rural outdoor recreation economies take root, this report from Aspen Institute created this call to action to ensure sustainable and equitable economic systems to support rural life.

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Aspen Institute
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Without Access to Water Lines, Texas Colonias Residents are Pulling Water from the Desert Air

Thousands of low-income, Latino residents in Texas still do not have safe drinking water. In one El Paso colonia, some residents are using solar distillation to generate water from the air.

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Texas Tribune
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Finding Funding for Nature-Based Projects

Website from the National Wildlife Federation that aims to connect stakeholders (including community planners) with sources of federal funding for infrastructure projects that incorporate natural elements.

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National Wildlife Federation
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A Winning Trade: How Water Markets Can Benefit Texans & the Environment

Water markets can be an important tool for ensuring efficient use of available water, including ensuring adequate water for the environment. Read the first statewide analysis of historic water market trends.

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Texas Living Waters Project
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Fighting floods in Texas: How a regional partnership advances resilience in the Coastal Bend

Overview of a regional partnership created by the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi that builds capacity of communities to strengthen resilience and mitigate disaster risk.

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American Flood Coalition
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Charging Forward

Toolkit to help rural communities take full advantage of federal funding for electric vehicle charging stations.

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US Department of Transportation
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Water Database

The Texas Water Infrastructure and Funding Guide helps Texas utilities, municipalities, and decision makers navigate the resources available for water infrastructure.

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Texas Water Infrastructure and Funding Guide
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Water System Map

The first comprehensive system map of the Texas water sector which captures how various water entities interact and connect.

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Texas Water Infrastructure and Funding Guide
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Worried how climate change will affect water in Texas? These researchers want to help you find out

Researchers at Texas State University's Meadows Center are working on a new public dashboard to answer questions about water flow in Texas for communities statewide

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KERA News
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West Texas farmers and ranchers fear the worst as drought, heat near 2011 records

2011 was the driest year on record for Texas, causing an estimated cost of $7.62 billion in crop and livestock losses. A dry and hot June has many sounding alarm bells about 2022.

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Texas Tribune
  • #Energy & Environment