The tropical storm season continues to break records, including making the Atlantic look like Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Speaking of tropical storms, recent rainfall has pulled much of the eastern half of the state out of drought conditions. La Niña conditions are now officially entrenched in the Pacific, leading to projections of warmer and drier conditions in the state over the next three months.
This month we explore academic publications on the topics of dams and dam failures in Texas, the power of using lemons for water disinfection and the relationship between naturalized flows and observed flows.
This month we explore academic publications on the topics of freshwater inflows and its effect to Galveston Bay following Hurricane Harvey, springs discharge and its thermal buffering to aquatic habitats, volunteer-driven citizen science to address plastic pollution and assessing how municipal supplies and wastewater affect stream and spring waters.
SUMMARY: Drought conditions remain in much of the interior of the state with drought conditions developing in north-east Texas. Much of Texas can expect warmer-than-normal and drier-than-normal conditions over the next three months. Statewide reservoir storage is near median levels.
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.