Bech Bruun, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, resigned Thursday from that position ahead of an anticipated bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.
Fracking has dramatically increased the demand for water in the nation’s most productive oil field, Texas’ Permian Basin. Water usage has already risen sixfold since 2011, and according to research firm IHS Markit, demand will double again by the end of this year.
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….
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear an appeal by California water agencies in the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ landmark lawsuit asserting rights to groundwater beneath the tribe’s reservation.
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.
Nebraska created the Natural Resources District system 45 years ago to assist with monitoring and managing water quantity and water quality. Farmers and state lawmakers alike saw there was a need to protect the ground and surface waters of our state for future generations.
In the latest volley in a decade-long fight over water rights on the San Saba River in Central Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has delayed implementing a permanent solution to ensure the river flows year round.