groundwater http://kut.org en Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South http://kut.org/post/drought-outlook-better-east-texas-worse-south <p>Good news and bad in the latest <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?TX,S">drought forecast from the federal government</a>: The situation is expected to improve in the next few months east of Central Texas, but it’s expected stay bad and even get worse in parts of South Texas.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 23:01:09 +0000 Trey Shaar & Terrence Henry 8028 at http://kut.org Drought Outlook Better in East Texas, Worse in South Hays Seeks Alternative Groundwater Sources http://kut.org/post/hays-seeks-alternative-groundwater-sources <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hays County is looking for alternative groundwater supplies. An open <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/694213-hays-county-rfp-alternative-groundwater-supply.html">Request for Proposals</a> seeks to pipe in water from aquifers that could be tapped to supplement water from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">County Commissioner <a href="http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/government/comm-court/commissioner-precinct-4/">Ray </a></span><a href="http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/government/comm-court/commissioner-precinct-4/">Whisenant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;(R-Precinct 4) says the existing supply of water appears to be unsustainable with the county's current growth rate.</span></p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:56:15 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7551 at http://kut.org Hays Seeks Alternative Groundwater Sources Report: Some Area Swimming Holes Fail To Meet E. Coli Standards http://kut.org/post/report-some-area-swimming-holes-fail-meet-e-coli-standards <p>Hamilton Pool, Stillhouse Hollow, and Bull Creek near Loop 360 have all tested for levels of <a href="http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/e-coli/factsheet/">Escherichia coli (E. coli)</a> bacteria that exceeded both state and federal standards, according to an analysis of government data by Environment Texas. Some strains of E. coli can make adults sick and cause kidney failure among young children and the elderly.</p><p>The Environment Texas report released today &ndash; <em><a href="https://www.environmenttexas.org/reports/clean-water/clean-water-program-reports/what-else-is-swimming-in-your-favorite-texas-swimming-hole">What Else is Swimming in Your Favorite Texas Swimming Hole?</a></em> &ndash; used data from the City of Austin, the Lower Colorado River Authority and other official sources to draw these conclusions:</p><p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 21:08:36 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3108 at http://kut.org Report: Some Area Swimming Holes Fail To Meet E. Coli Standards Texas House Formalizes Water Rights http://kut.org/post/texas-house-formalizes-water-rights <p>The Texas House has given its approval <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&amp;Bill=SB332">to a bill</a> that formalizes landowner&rsquo;s full ownership of groundwater below their land.</p><p>Property rights advocates had pushed for the bill, which allows landowners to pump and sell groundwater, though the state would still be able to impose some restrictions.</p><p>Texas is one of the few states that still gives landowners control over the water underneath their property.</p> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:29:48 +0000 Matt Largey 1548 at http://kut.org Texas House Formalizes Water Rights News Brief for Saturday, March 5, 2011 http://kut.org/post/news-brief-saturday-march-5-2011 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.weather.gov/">National Weather Service</a> has issued a wind advisory for the Austin area until 4 p.m.&nbsp; The advisory warns of 30 mph winds, with wind gusts up to 40 mph. As the cold front moves through south central Texas, winds are expected to gradually die down throughout the evening.</p> Sat, 05 Mar 2011 18:02:15 +0000 Torrie Hardcastle 893 at http://kut.org News Brief for Saturday, March 5, 2011