Texas Sues to Kick Bird Off Endangered Species List
The Texas General Land Office and Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, are suing the federal government to take the golden- cheeked warbler off the endangered species list. The area in dispute is 35 central Texas counties, including the ones surrounding San Antonio and Austin, where landowners are required to protect the bird’s habitat.
In the joint lawsuit, the GLO states that its own revenue has plummeted from the presence of warblers on agency land. Removing the warbler from the endangered species list would increase their market value, and allow the GLO to avoid “time consuming and costly requirements” made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Their lawsuit argues that the golden-cheeked warbler isn’t endangered and that the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service hasn’t considered recent scientific evidence that would prove it.
TWDB Reports on Progress in Dealing with Floods
Beginning with improvements of the state's streamgage network, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has used funding aimed at protecting communities from catastrophe to help the state deal with flooding. Read more about the efforts of the TWDB to provide technical assistance for accurate flood forecasts and early warning systems.
Data App Tracks Texas Reservoir Levels
The Texas Tribune has developed a map that visualizes the current state of Texas’ reservoir water levels. The map auto-updates daily with new data collected from the Texas Water Development Board’s Water Data for Texas site.
Future of Wastewater Treatment May Lie in Smaller Communities
Read about the new concept for wastewater facilities developed in Massachusetts, designed to help resort and sustain local water resources.