Dive Shop San Marcos promotes river diving, environmental stewardship

By: Community Impact | July 16, 2019

The business, founded by Don Dibble in 1972, is a full-service scuba-diving shop where customers can rent gear, fill their oxygen tanks or schedule a scuba session with a “dive master” at a local diving site.

Can the “masters of the flood” help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes?

By: The Texas Tribune | July 15, 2019

After centuries of fighting back water in a low-lying nation, the Dutch have become the world leaders in flood control. And their expertise is helping Texas design what would become the nation’s most ambitious — and expensive — coastal barrier.

Out of Sight, Out of Time: The Endangered Species Living Hundreds of Feet Beneath Austin

By: The Natural Resources Defense Council | July 11, 2019

No matter where you are, be it on top of a mountain or in the middle of a desert, groundwater is flowing beneath your feet. It moves through cavities and cracks in the bedrock, and porous layers of sandstone and limestone soak it up like an ancient sponge.

Craft conservation: The new effort to save Texas water sources through beer

By: KXAN | July 11, 2019

If you have a favorite brewery, you also have a favorite watershed.

A new effort from conservation groups and local breweries aims to connect those two ideas, that good craft beer must start with good, clean water.

Scientists have big hopes for Uvalde Pool study

By: Uvalde-Leader News | June 20, 2019

Ron Green, a scientist at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, and his team of hydro-geologists are busy collecting data on and creating a lumped parameter model for the Uvalde Pool, a major reservoir of underground water centered over central Uvalde County and part of the Edwards Aquifer.

Groundwater pumping is bleeding the US’s rivers dry

By: ZME Science | June 20, 2019

New research led by a hydrologist at the University of Arizona warns that massive groundwater pumping since the 1950s is bleeding rivers dry. The findings can help shape policy for the proper management of U.S. water resources, the authors say, and should be of interest especially for states such as Arizona that manage groundwater and surface water separately.

Wastewater spill kills thousands of fish in popular Brushy Creek

By: Statesman | June 25, 2019

Round Rock officials notified the public Tuesday afternoon that the city-owned Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant had spilled more than 100,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into the creek Sunday night due to a power failure and killed about 2,000 fish.

outlook + water: June 2019

By: Texas + Water | June 21, 2019

The continental United States just experienced its wettest 12 months in 124 years of recorded history, and Texas has certainly seen its share of rainfall. Much of the northern half of the state, including the western parts that tend to stay drier, received at least 5 inches of rain over the past month.

Microplastics are making their way into our food, water, air and bodies!

By: Wimberley Valley Watershed Association | June 19, 2019

A new study from the World Wildlife Federation suggests we are ingesting an average of 5 grams of plastic every week. The plastic we are ingesting is from particles smaller than five millimeters. These “microplastics” are making their way into our food, drinking water and even the air.

Austin Water pours new investments into South Austin wildlands

By: Community Impact News | June 16, 2019

In recognition of a $10 million investment the city of Austin recently made in wildlands that feed into the Edwards Aquifer, Austin Water Wildland Division staff led a tour of water quality-protected lands on June 14.

Gov. Greg Abbott signs disaster relief and preparedness bills in Houston

By: The Texas Tribune | June 13, 2019

HOUSTON — Gov. Greg Abbott signed four bills into law Thursday aimed at bolstering the state’s emergency preparedness and disaster relief programs, including framework that provides more than $1.6 billion for flood control projects and repairs across the state.