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.
Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler talks with Mitch Tobin, Director of The Water Desk, which is an independent journalism initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism that focuses on Western water issues and the Colorado River Basin.
This fall the state’s 16 regional water planning groups will be submitting to the Texas Water Development Board revised plans for meeting projected water demands in their area of Texas over the next fifty years – to 2070 and even beyond. These “2021” regional water plans, once reviewed and approved by TWDB, will be the culmination of the latest five-year review and revision cycle established by the passage of Senate Bill 1 by the Texas Legislature in 1997.