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State Supreme Court Punts on Major Water Case

The Texas Supreme Court made news Friday for what it didn’t do. To the surprise of a bevy of water rights experts, the court turned away a high-profile case seeking clarity on murky groundwater laws. Full Story.

Farmers honored for conservation efforts

HEARNE, Texas — The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (BVGCD) awarded the “Agricultural Groundwater Conservationist of the Year” award to two area farming entities at a ceremony held prior to the Tri-County Crops Winter Meeting January 22nd. The award honors agriculturalists that strive to reduce the impact of their groundwater use on District aquifers.  Full Story.

Brackish groundwater important to West Texas

Even with the downturn in the oil patch, interest in brackish groundwater remains high across West Texas. Though formerly a scourge to landowners seeking fresh water for livestock, domestic use and irrigating, many are now eyeing the seemingly limitless supply of brackish groundwater as less a liability and more as a potential asset.  Full Story.

City officials tried to shore up water supplies on three fronts Friday: moving water from neighboring Lake Conroe to Lake Houston, keeping crews working overtime on an epidemic of water main breaks and dispatching inspectors to issue warnings to violators of the city’s ban on daytime lawn watering.  Full Story.

LCRA takes steps to expand water supplies

The Lower Colorado River Authority on Wednesday moved forward on plans to expand its water supplies by putting money down on land near the Gulf Coast and by approving the purchase of the water-rich land around an aluminum-smelting plant near Austin.  Full Story.

T. Boone Pickens sells water rights to Texas water supplier for $103 million

About a half million West Texans in one of the state’s historically driest areas now will have water into the next century following a deal signed Thursday between billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens and a regional water supplier.  Full Story.

Last month, a ruling by a Texas appeals court fueled the debate over state regulation of groundwater resources.  Full Story.

    Can one word make the difference between you controlling the water on your land, and the government?
The TCFA and Representative Mac Thornberry think so.
A new bill, H.R. 5088 would remove one word from the “Federal Water Pollution Control Act”   Full Story.

Water Ruling Cuts State’s Power in Droughts

A state appeals court has sided with farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders in a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas.  Full Story.

Analyzing Rick Perry’s record: Water woes could cost Texas

A state appeals court has sided with farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders in a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas.  Full Story.