Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Meter Reading: Water Rights Get Contentious in West Texas, Damage From Drought Still Climbing, and More

Water Rights Become Contentious in West Texas Water is a contentious issue across Texas, but tensions have been especially high in a 16-county groundwater conservation district stretching from south of Lubbock into the Panhandle, an area considered part of America’s “breadbasket,”” Kate Galbraith writes for the Texas Tribune. “There, farmers reliant on the slowly diminishing Ogallala are fighting to maintain their right to pump unrestricted amounts of water.”

Where LCRA’s New Water Supplies Could Come From Farzad Mashhood writes in the Austin American-Statesman that the LCRA’s plans to find more water “could mean the unprecedented move of reaching outside the river basin to develop new supplies of water,” but the agency’s goal “is short on specifics of where the water or the money to pay for it would come from.”

Damage from Drought Still Climbing The record-breaking drought in 2011 keeps breaking its own records,” the San Antonio Express-News reports. “Updated data indicate agricultural losses from the historic dry spell will jump past the original $5.2 billion estimate. Furthermore, crop insurance indemnity payments in Texas have set a record with $2.5 billion in claims paid out through March 12.”


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