Desalination: Is it Worth its Salt?

November 2013

Desalination is often viewed as a solution to many water supply problems and is often hailed as a ‘drought resistant’ supply. This report explores the environmental, energy, and economic issues surrounding desalination and provides an overview of desalination activities in Texas.

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  • RT @Forrest4Trees: Cutting off the rice farmers downstream of Austin could spell trouble for the ecology of Matagorda Bay too.
  • Great story on @LCRA decision yesterday by @Forrest4Trees @TexasObserver
  • Next step: @lcra will draft emergency request and make their case to TCEQ next to deviate from WMP as voted on by board.
  • Vote to postpone action for one month and get public input on @lcra drought proposal fails on 8-7 vote.
  • Staff proposes to require no more than once per week watering for entities receiving water from @LCRA. How about once every other week?

NE Texas Dissents on Water Plan

Longview News Journal, December 8, 2013

A process to set how water planning regions across Texas will rank projects for financing has won state approval but is drawing dissent from the Northeast Texas representative.

Region D group Chairman Bret McCoy said Friday that criteria such as property rights and environmental/economic impact should have been included among elements used in ranking projects from wells to lakes that will be financed under a plan approved by voters in November.

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Video : Lack of Freshwater Threatens Matagorda Bay

Texas Tribune, November 28, 2013

by Justin Dehn

Fishing and tourism in Matagorda Bay depend in large part on freshwater supplied by the Colorado River. But the drought has all but cut off those flows. The Lower Colorado River Authority says that’s not likely to change anytime soon unless Central Texas gets significant rains to shore up water supplies for Austin and nearby cities. In the meantime, wildlife and recreation on Texas’ Gulf Coast have suffered.

Devils River Could Feel Impact of Hunt for Water

Texas Tribune, November 28, 2013

DOLAN FALLS PRESERVE — Along U.S. Highway 277 headed north from Del Rio, not far from the Mexican border, canyons flecked with green tower over the desert landscape.

The rugged country is some of the most breathtaking, and untouched, in all of Texas. Those who have studied the area say that hundreds of generations of indigenous tribespeople lived on this land, drawn to the caves that provided shelter from storms and enemies, the abundant plants and wildlife, the flint deposits in the rock that could be used for tools and weapons, and the sparkling Devils River, which snakes through the terrain.

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LCRA Votes to Cut Off Rice Farmers for a Third Year

Texas Observer, November 20, 2013

The mood was grim among folks from Bay City, Eagle Lake and other coastal communities today as the Lower Colorado River Authority board voted 8-7 in favor of an emergency proposal that will likely cut off water to rice farmers for the third year in a row.

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Additional Information:
National Wildlife Federation/Sierra Club Written Comments to LCRA Board.
National Wildlife Federation/Sierra Club Press Statement on LCRA Board Decision