Regional Water Planning Group

Did you know you don’t have to be a member of a regional water planning group to make your voice be heard? All regional water planning group meetings are open to the public, and verbal comments are welcome during the public comment portion of the meetings. Read more.

Water for People and Nature - What You Can Do to Help

Will you do your part to save water – and our water sources? The water problems we face are complex and urgent. The only way to create a healthier future is for everyone to do their part. There are actions that each of us can take at home, online, and outside to reduce our own impacts.Read more.

Hays County, Nonprofit TreeFolks Continue Efforts to Restore Areas of Blanco River Damaged in 2015

August 17, 2018

An agreement to continue a sponsoring partnership with TreeFolks, Inc. was approved by Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Aug. 14, enabling the nonprofit to expedite the restoration of devastated areas along the Blanco River in the county caused by the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. Read more.

Oil Boom in Southern New Mexico Ignites Groundwater Feud With Texas

July 16, 2018

Drilling new water wells is strictly regulated in New Mexico, causing hardship for an oil industry that needs water for fracking. So, groundwater is being piped across the state line from Texas, prompting worry over the shared aquifer. Read more.

Regulators Will Soon Know A Lot More About Algal Toxins in U.S. Drinking Water

July 10, 2018

Thanks to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitoring requirements, regulators will soon have more comprehensive data on how often algal toxins show up in drinking water supplies and at what concentrations. Read more.

SCOTUS Says Upstream States Must Reduce River Usage to Aid Downstream States During Drought

July 4, 2018

The Supreme Court ruled in Florida v. Georgia, settling a long-running dispute over three river systems shared among Florida, Georgia and Alabama. The decision could have significant implications for Texas’ water disputes with its neighbors.Read more.

Almost 25,000 Texans Are Drinking Tap Water With High Levels of Radium

By: Texas Observer

A new report finds that 38 utilities in Texas are supplying water with radium levels above the legal limit.

Meadows Center Reports Groundwater Significant To Pedernales River Flow

January 31, 2018

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University has released a series of reports that indicate groundwater provides a significant contribution of flow to the Pedernales River and Lake Travis.


New UTSA study examines the causes and consequences of the 2015 Wimberley floods

By: University of Texas at San Antonio   |   January 29, 2018

A new study by Chad Furl, postdoctoral research associate, and Hatim Sharif, professor of civil and environmental engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio, delves into the 2015 Wimberley, Texas floods that destroyed 350 homes and claimed 13 lives.


Public Enemy

By: Amy McCullough | Jan 28, 2018

Love-hate relationships. We have them with plenty of things: technology, holidays, even doughnuts. Then there are things we simply hate: traffic, mosquitoes, wet socks — and, sometimes, native plants. In Central Texas, many consider public enemy number one to be a native Texas tree, none other than Ashe juniper (Juniperus ashei), commonly known (and derided) as “cedar.”

Onion Creek Dye Trace Studies Confirm Surface and Groundwater Interaction

 By: Jeff Watson, Alex S. Broun, Brian Smith, Brian Hunt, Justin Camp, David Johns and Doug Wierman  |  Jan. 23, 2018

Update on Current Dye-Trace Studies in the Upper Onion Creek Watershed, Hays County, Texas


Ready, set, SWIFT: Time for water utilities to save

By Kathleen Jackson and Jennifer Walker | Dec. 20, 2017

Nobody needs to tell Texans how important water is. We are blessed with sparkling rivers and bubbling springs that refresh us during long summers and provide for our essential water needs throughout the year. Our water supply is not endless, however, and with our booming population, it’s important that we plan well and use water efficiently to ensure that there will be plenty to go around now and in the future.



By Michael Marks  |  December 18, 2017

To fend off the effects of drought, Texas will need conservation, infrastructure and new water sources.

How much money is conservation saving you?: A closer look at rates and conservation

By: Mary Ann DickinsonDecember 12, 2017

Texans know more than a thing or two about water conservation, but as water rates rise across the state, customers are beginning to question the merits of conservation.  Statewide, news articles reflect customer sentiment—feelings of frustration and confusion that stem from something as seemingly paradoxical as using less and paying more.  But pieces such as “Texans Answer Call to Conserve Water, Only to Face Paying Higher Rates” and “Why drop in water use could cost Austin customers more” simply aren’t painting the whole picture.  In focusing only on the immediate rise in price, they miss the mark on how conservation is actually keeping rates as low as possible in the long-run.


Get Paid Watching The Grass Grow: Carbon Sequestration, Texas-Style

By: Jeff McMahon | December 1, 2017

A planner working on flood control in Houston believes he has come upon a way—that conservatives will love—to remove a billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.


Texas has an epic story to tell about water conservation

By: Jennifer Walker | November 29,2017

I love to be the bearer of good news: Texans are making tremendous progress on conserving water. In fact, in the municipal sector (composed of residential, institutional, industrial, and commercial water use) cities across Texas are using 21 percent less water than we were in 2000.


Two Districts Now Oppose Sewage Permit

By: Jo Clifton | November 29, 2017

The board of directors of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District voted Monday night to protest Dripping Springs’ draft permit to discharge 995,000 gallons of wastewater per day into a tributary of Onion Creek. The vote means that the district will request that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality hold a contested case hearing and designate the district as an affected party.


Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

By: Taylor Goldenstein | November 28, 2017

Officials in Hays County cities and others along the Interstate 35 corridor are moving forward with a $225.8 million deal to secure a long-term water supply for the rapidly growing region.

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Lawyering up for Colorado River protection

By: Texas Living Waters Blog | November 8, 2017

Sometimes the work of the Texas Living Waters Project (TLWP) gets a little confrontational. While admittedly not as scintillating as scripted court hearings on cable TV featuring professional actors and colorful plot lines, the TLWP uses the state’s contested case hearing process, when necessary, to fight for Texas rivers and bays.


Researchers find link between media attention to drought and household water savings

By: Victoria Stein | October 26, 2017

With increased drought coverage from newspapers, water conservation increased in the San Francisco Bay Area during the drought that ended in 2016. That's according to a new study from Stanford researchers that links real water consumption data with the public attention garnered by California's recent droughts.


Backed by private capital, company plans heavy pumping in Trinity Aquifer

By: Brendan Gibbons | October 26, 2017

A local company’s plan to pump more water from the sensitive Trinity Aquifer to supply fast-growing northern Bexar and southern Comal counties is raising concerns after a New York private equity firm announced its financial support.

Texas Land Trends report shows changes in rural working lands, operators

By: Paul Schattenberg  |  September 25, 2017

Fragmentation of rural working lands, an increasing population and changes in landowner age, residency, land-use preferences and other factors are addressed in the new Texas Landowner Changes and Trends report.


Sustainable Urban Water Systems: A View from the Tap

By: Anisha Anantapadmanabhan | September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey floodwaters recede, and Houston begins the long, expensive road to recovery, its civil engineers and city planners can learn from other cities that are embracing a sustainable water movement.

How flood insurance works: 6 questions answered

By: Robert W. Klein | September 7, 2017

Homeowners generally rely on insurance provided by the federal government to cover the costs of rebuilding their lives after a flood. We asked an insurance expert to explain the government program and its challenges.

Plans Scrapped for Cell Towers in Vanderpool and San Antonio

By: Gretchen Green |  Updated August 22, 2017

After encountering opposition from local residents, the company planning to construct a cell tower near Lost Maples State Natural Area has decided not to build the 250-foot structure, choosing instead to use an existing tower in the vicinity.


Land stewardship conference offered for women Oct. 2-3 in Fredericksburg

By: Kay Ledbetter  |  August 20, 2017

Poultry, birding, wildlife – all offer potential revenue if the land is taken care of first. And an upcoming two-day conference will help women in the Edwards Plateau region determine the best management practices to make that happen. Continue reading. ..


Boerne workshop will provide landowners with information on conservation easements

By: Hill Country Alliance | July 27, 2017  

The Cibolo Conservancy Land Trust, in partnership with the Hill Country Alliance, is hosting a landowner workshop that will focus on conservation easement- a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term.

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By: The Power of Community  |  Jul 18, 2017

Jacob's Well, an artesian spring a few miles north of Wimberley, isn't your average dip in the pool. The crystal-clear water of this popular swimming hole has been drawing Central Texans for at least 150 years.

The Blanco River/ Onion Creek Water Forum Brings Neighbors Together to Collaborate on Water Issues

July 18, 2017

This forum presented an opportunity for these “neighbors” to meet one another and create a dialogue to resolve and react to current and future water issues.

Updated Technical Note on Cypress Creek Collapse Feature

By: Jeffery Watson, Doug Wierman, Michael Jones | July 17, 2017

A collapsed dam at Cypress Creek was reported to have formed July 3rd. Through observations, it is infered that the water flowing into the collapse feature is emerging downstream of the dam and is unlikely to be recharging the Trinity Aquifer.


Summertime Watering Tips (Part 1 of 3)

By: TreeFolks | June 13, 2017

Sure, it’s getting hot out there, but please don’t forget about those new trees you worked hard to plant this fall and winter! The first two years after planting is the most critical time to water your trees, especially during our hot, dry summers. 

Invasive Zebra Mussels Discovered in Lake Travis

News Release | By: June 27th, 2017

Zebra mussels have been positively identified for the first time in Lake Travis in the Colorado River Basin in Central Texas, just weeks after biologists confirmed the aquatic invasive species had also spread to the Guadalupe River Basin.

Mussel woman: Researcher looks into declining Texas mussel populations

By: Gabe Saldana | June 4, 2017

An ongoing effort at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas address declining freshwater mussel populations across the state – a trend that could signal declining health in Texas’ river systems

St. Elmo Brewing Co. and Richard’s Rainwater Collaborate on Ale Made with Rain Water

By: Brewbound | May 22, 2017

Rainwater harvested from the Dripping Springs area used to brew local beer!

Conservation License Plates

By: Texas Parks and Wildlife  |  2017

This spring there's a new way to help keep Texas rivers healthy and flowing. By purchasing a new Texas Rivers conservation license plate, you'll be supporting a vast array of projects that help conserve Texas rivers, protect the diverse fish and wildlife species they support, and increase access to our Texas waterbodies.

Water Weekly Report

By: Texas Water Development Board  |  June 19, 2017

Learn what this weeks water and drought conditions look like in Texas, as well as the overall drought conditions in the US.

Rainwater Harvesting Increasingly Helps Companies Reduce Stormwater Fees & Energy Use

By: Jennifer Hermes  |  May 22, 2017

Commercial enterprises are increasingly installing various rainwater harvesting systems for water conservation purposes. Harvesting can also reduce stormwater runoff and fees, and helps solve potable, non-potable, and energy challenges.

The Water UpdatE: May

By: Tribe+Water | May 2017

The Water Update is a collaboration between the Texas Tribune and Texas Water Journal covering key upcoming meetings and events, important personnel moves, and significant developments with regard to water at the Texas Legislature and water agencies

New Flood App Eases Access to Critical Water Data

By: The United States Geological Survey | April 10, 2017

USGA has releases a new app that makes getting critical water data in a snap, no matter how bad or good the weather- and it might even save your life. The web app uses your location to pinpoint and display data about nearest waterways like corresponding stream information and flow rates.

The Water UpdatE: April

By: Tribe+Water | April 2017

The Water Update is a collaboration between the Texas Tribune and Texas Water Journal covering key upcoming meetings and events, important personnel moves, and significant developments with regard to water at the Texas Legislature and water agencies


Blue Hole Discounts for Wimberley Residents

By: City of Wimberley  |  March 16, 2017

For a limited time, the Blue Hole Regional Park is offering half-price punch passes to Wimberley Valley residents who reside within the 78676 Zip Code.

Advance Septic Nitrogen Challenge

By: InnoCentive |  Feb-March 2017

Win up to $20,000 in the challenge by identifying and developing a technology to monitor nitrogen concentration in effluent from advances Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems.

National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 5-11, 2017

National Groundwater Awareness Week is an annual campaign that will be held this year from March 5 -11, 2017.  The purpose of the week is to educate and increase awareness about the importance of groundwater resources.


Texas Water Symposium planned for February in San Marcos

January 24, 2017

The Texas Water Symposium is free and open to the public. Watershed protection plans: creating and maintaining healthy waterways at the community scale.

Landowners, Aquifer Alliance win battle over TCEQ permit

by David Barer |  January 18, 2017

Landowners win against a state's agency permit allowing a nearby subdivision to realease treated wasterwater into area land.