Category Archives: Surface water

Supreme Court ruling over Republican River a victory and a loss

This past week the Supreme Court made a decision on the decades long debate over the Republican River mandating that Nebraska pay Kansas $5.5 million in damages for violating the terms of the Republican River Compact. Both states claim this … Continue reading

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Managing lake levels in Texas

Central Texas has been enduring a drought for many years. However, according to the Texas Water Development Board, drought conditions are the best they have been since November 2010. Which is good news: with the rapidly growing population of the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Texas Drought

With all the rain coming down the last few months, it’s an appropriate time to explore our water system. Anyone living in the central Texas region is aware of the Edwards Aquifer. Maybe you have seen “Recharge Zone” signs while … Continue reading

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Georgia Water Coalition’s “Dirty Dozen” for 2014

Each year the Georgia Water Coalition publishes a list of the top twelve threats to Georgia’s water resources. These threats can ultimately harm property owners, communities downstream, fish and wildlife, and the countless ecosystems that depend on clean water. Click … Continue reading

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Wichita Falls begins drinking treated wastewater

Wichita Falls, TX has begun using treated wastewater to supply its 150,000 residents with a reliable drinking supply, and to date is only the second city in the state to do so. The River Road Waste Treatment Plant began using … Continue reading

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Ann & Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail: Austin, TX

On June 7, 2014, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and The Trail Foundation unveiled a new section of the Lady Bird Lake (commonly known as Town Lake) trail. The trail is widely used by city residents and … Continue reading

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Wichita, Kansas groundwater contamination linked to dry cleaning solvents

A public meeting was held in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, April 10, 2014 to discuss potential health risks associated with groundwater contamination that originated from an old dry cleaning facility. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) informed residents … Continue reading

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Galveston oil spill threatens wildlife

On Saturday, March 24, 2014, two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel spilling approximately 168,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil into Galveston Bay. The Houston Ship Channel was closed for three days as cleanup efforts began by the US … Continue reading

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Coal related chemical spills plaguing West Virginia

West Virginia has found itself in the spotlight this year after multiple coal related spills have threatened the state’s water supply and contaminated aquatic habitats. To recap, a chemical spill occurred on January 9, 2014 in Charleston, releasing at least … Continue reading

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California desperate for water as drought threatens millions

California has found itself in perhaps the most severe drought in the state’s history, with two-thirds of the state being designated as “extreme drought.” On January 19, 2014, state Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency and urged residents to … Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines – Mapping technology supports relief efforts (Part 2)

Online mapping technologies are at the forefront of an innovative worldwide collaborative effort to assist the relief effort currently underway in the Philippines. Last week we covered MicroMappers and Google Person-Finder; online mapping technologies infused with social media and how … Continue reading

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Typhoon Haiyan strikes the Philippines – Mapping technology supports relief efforts

One week ago the super-typhoon Haiyan crashed into the Philippines, wreaking havoc upon everything in its path. The United Nations and local agencies have released conflicting death tolls but as of today, Friday November 15, 2013, the BBC reports that “National … Continue reading

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Update: Texas drought conditions and Proposition 6

  The splash of recent rains in the Central Texas area was a welcome respite, but did it have any impact on the enduring drought? In a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman, Bob Rose, meteorologist with the LCRA had … Continue reading

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SXSW Eco 2013 – Shark tank for environmental innovators

The third SXSW Eco took place this past week in Austin. The mission of the annual conference is to bring together “thought leaders and decision makers” who are “working to solve the complex challenges facing civil society, the economy, and the natural … Continue reading

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TCEQ proposes weakening surface water quality standards

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has proposed revised surface water quality standards. The proposed rule language was published in the September 13, 2013 edition of the Texas Register. The revisions would create a new category for recreational waters, … Continue reading

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