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7:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Eltife to serve on state water advisory board

Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler)
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State senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood counties, will serve on an advisory board set up to help the Texas Water Development Board disburse new money for water projects.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:59 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Lake Bonham keeps community self-sufficient

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Not all Texas towns have a single, reliable, city-owned source for municipal water. But the City of Bonham does: 65-acre Lake Bonham, which also provides recreation for the area.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:59 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Stalled project investigates funding alternatives

Efforts to reduce salinity in the Red River have been hampered by funding problems. The Red River Authority has investigated the possibility of generating solar power as a way to bring in money.
State of Texas

With federal funding for a decades-old desalination project having dried up, the Red River Authority is looking for ways it could partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in revenue. One option would be partnering with Good Earth Mechanics to use federal lands in the Red River basin in Northwest Texas to generate solar power. Such a project would require a customer - but the U.S. military could provide a market for the power.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Environmental, funding concerns stifled Red River project

Striped bass, which like their water just a tiny bit salty, are big fishing in Lake Texoma. Studies in Texas and Oklahoma found that the fish could endure reduced chloride levels in the Red River.
NPR

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to control high salt levels in the Red River were successful at first. But the project was put on hold while studies weighed the impact of salinity reduction on striped bass populations. Then, federal funding for the project slowed to a trickle before drying up entirely.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Corps of Engineers reduced Red River salinity

Estelline Springs, located northwest of Childress.
State of Texas

Curtis Campbell of the Red River Authority describes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to manage salinity levels in the Red River. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:30 am
Mon December 23, 2013

1950s drought exposed Red River's salt problem

Red River: Its salt isn't a problem ecologically, but it is a problem for people wanting to use its water.
State of Texas

In the first episode of a series on the multi-decade effort to reduce the amount of salt in the Red River, KETR speaks with Red River Authority General Manager Curtis Campbell to get an overview of the issue.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
2:45 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New boating rules to combat zebra mussel spread

Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville have been infested by the mussels.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/

If you're boating in one of 17 North Texas counties - including Collin, Fannin, Kaufman and Rockwall - there are some new rules on the way.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations are aimed at halting the spread of invasive zebra mussels. Boaters must drain and dry vehicles and other equipment before leaving the lake. KETR spoke with a TPWD staffer, Ken Kurzawski, about the new guidelines

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

New lake would cost $3.4 billion, flood 70K acres

The proposed reservoir would be mostly in Red River County.
sulphurriver.net

The proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would flood 70,000 acres of bottom land, including hardwood forests that have been identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as "high value" habitat. A report published last week by Austin-based Environment Texas opposes the project, which it says would harm Northeast Texas so as to supply water for Dallas - a city with comparatively poor water conservation practices. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
11:59 am
Mon November 11, 2013

After Prop 6 vote, attention turns to state water plan

NPR

Proposition 6 passed last week with over 73 percent of Texas voters approving the measure that will take $2 billion out of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, often called the "Rainy Day Fund," and use the money for financing water projects.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:03 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Prop 6 foes cite Perry's 'slush fund' history

Critics of Prop 6 have suggested that the Texas Water Development Board could use the money as a "slush fund" for awarding contracts to allies of Gov. Rick Perry.
NPR

If Proposition 6 passes on Tuesday, the Texas Water Development Board would oversee the management of $2 billion from the state's rainy-day fund. After an overhaul this year, the Texas Water Development Board has new leadership including longtime associates of Gov. Rick Perry. Critics of the measure say that Gov. Perry's history with state agencies - like the troubled Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas - raise concerns that the money won't be in the best hands. 

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