This month we explore academic publications on the topics of the Texas-New Mexico water war, the potential for greater solar development in West Texas, the development of interploid hybrids to enhance the water efficiency of St. Augustinegrass and a look at how water issues could constrain oil and gas production in the United States.
The amount of the state under drought conditions increased from about 25 percent four weeks ago to about 36 percent. Despite drought conditions, statewide reservoir storage is normal for this time of year. Tropical Storm Hanna should improve drought conditions in Central and South-Central Texas
SUMMARY: Drought has flashed into the High Plains; La Niña conditions look more likely for this fall and winter; an historical trends analysis indicates that, indeed, it has been getting warmer and floodier.
Texas is big, hairy, and fascinating, especially when it comes to water. With 38 public universities and 35 private colleges and universities in the state and many more across the country (and the world) interested in Texas, there’s a great deal of academic scholarship focused on water in the Lone Star State. This new column is where I provide brief summaries and hat tips to several recent academic publications on water in Texas.