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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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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Area GOP lawmakers supporting Proposition 6

Larry Phillips, a state representative whose district includes Delta and Fannin counties, supports Proposition 6.
provided photo

With the November election approaching, Republicans representing Northeast Texas in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate continue to express their support for Proposition 6, the measure that would take $2 billion out of the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, or "Rainy Day Fund," for use in financing water projects around the state.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:49 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ryan pitches for Prop 6

Nolan Ryan, shown here in a screen grab from a new video advertisement.
YouTube

Less than a week after stepping down from the Texas Rangers front office, baseball's all-time strikeout and no-hit leader is stumping for Proposition 6, the ballot measure that would create a new water fund for Texas. Meanwhile, in Northeast Texas, regional planner Bret McCoy explains a detail of Prop 6 at last week's board meeting in Mount Pleasant.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:58 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Perry hits road for water fund

Rick Perry speaks in Wylie on Oct. 10.
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?

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Tomorrow's Water Today
12:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Foes of 'rainy-day' dipping cite obstacles besides funding

Josiah Neeley of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which opposes using Economic Stabilization Fund money for water infrastructure.
texaspolicy.com

Some fiscal conservatives support drawing on the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, often called the "Rainy Day Fund," to fund the state's water projects. The question of allocating funds from this source will be on Texas ballots on Nov. 5. However, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Austin, opposes the measure. Josiah Neeley of the foundation describes some of his organization's views on the ballot initiative.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Deuell favors creation of new water fund

Bob Deuell
texasgop.com

Texas Rep. Bob Deuell supports the ballot initiative that would create a new fund to pay for water infrastructure development in Texas.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:57 am
Mon August 12, 2013

It's infrastructure investment, not environmentalism

The statewide drought is worst in Northwest Texas, but includes most of the state.
State of Texas

Many Texas business leaders and Republicans are advocating dipping into the state's Rainy Day Fund to the tune of $2 billion to fund the state's water plan.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:48 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Amendment would start new fund with 'rainy day' money

Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) is helping organize support for the porposed state constitutional amendment that would create a new water fund.
NPR

Two billion dollars. That’s how much money needs to be spent on water projects in Texas, according to the State Legislature.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:56 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Ballot initiative reflects new era for water needs

The many reservoirs built in Texas in the 1960s and 1970s will not be enough to serve the state's future needs.
Texas Water Development Board

In Texas this November, there are no statewide offices on the ballot, but there are decisions for voters. The biggest one has to do with water.

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