Conservation News

Opponents: Proposed quarry near Florence threatens water supply | AAS | 12-5-17

Kambrah Garland Rodriguez stood in the middle of 35 acres of grapevines on a recent afternoon and pointed west to a hill on the outskirts of Florence. That is where an asphalt plant and quarry is proposed to be built, said Rodriguez, one of the owners and partners in a winery called the Vineyard at Florence. The plant has drawn intense opposition from neighbors and officials who say it would use too much water and cause other wells in the area that draw from the Trinity Aquifer to run dry, including the well at the winery.

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New Demand, Same Old Story: West Texans And Their Water | Texas Public Radio | 11-15-17

In arid West Texas, where rain is infrequent and rivers and lakes are few, groundwater – water from sources beneath the surface of the earth – is key to survival. And as the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin demands more of this resource from the surrounding area, researchers are scrambling to study the systems of webbed aquifers that feed households, farms, ranches and industry in the region. But for residents there’s a familiar tension over who gets to decide the fate of their water….

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Texas Cities Partner in $225M Water Pipeline Project | NBC 5 Dallas | 11-30-17

The Alliance Regional Water Authority has obtained permits and financing is underway to start construction next year on the 95-mile pipeline to pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart. The coalition, formed in 2007, includes Hays County’s three largest cities and the Canyon Regional Water Authority, which serves parts of Central and South Texas, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

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Local View: Nebraska has strong protections for Ogallala Aquifer | Lincoln Journal Star | 11-27-17

Nebraska’s vast groundwater supplies are stored in subsurface rock formations (i.e., the aquifers) and are being carefully managed by our local Natural Resources Districts in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources. Great credit is also due to the many farmers and producers who are using new technologies and conservation methods to help sustain those waters.

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