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Feb. 23, 2024  
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2,500 volunteers brave cold to clean up SA waterways

Lindsey Carnett | San Antonio Report

Basura Bash has grown out of the small backyard cleanup event first planned by the San Jose Neighborhood Association in 1994. On Saturday, more than 2,500 volunteers braved the latest cold front and 15 mph wind gusts to participate in the annual cleanup, picking up trash along San Antonio's creeks and waterways.


Several Central Texas communities going to once-a-week watering restrictions in May

Erica Pauda | KXAN-TV

Several Central Texas areas will soon be limited to outdoor watering no more than once a week, according to a news release from the Lower Colorado River Authority. The new restriction comes due to "serious drought" in Central Texas, according to LCRA.


Zebra mussels take over Texas city's freshwater systems, officials say

Priscilla Aguirre |

For quite some time, invasive zebra mussels, roughly an inch and a half big, have caused massive problems for cities across Texas. The City of Midland is the latest to deal with the zebra mussels after the species made their way to West Texas through freshwater systems.


Once-in-a-lifetime reservoir project will slake fast-growing region's thirst for more water

Ken Wysocky | Municipal Sewer & Water

The Upper Trinity Regional Water District is about halfway finished with building Lake Ralph Hall, an estimated $490 million water-supply reservoir that will help meet ever-increasing demands for water in a fast-growing region of Texas northeast of Dallas.


Water shortage in Rio Grande Valley will be expensive, study shows

Michael Marks | Texas Standard

Treaties between the United States and Mexico are supposed to ensure that Rio Grande Valley farmers have uninterrupted access to water to cultivate their crops. But with Mexico way behind on its part of the deal, some observers are projecting significant shortages.


Harris announces $5.8 billion for water infrastructure projects

The Associated Press

The Biden administration announced Tuesday that states will share $5.8 billion in federal funds for water infrastructure projects around the country. The money comes from the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law that President Joe Biden signed in 2021, according to the White House.


Why extreme rain pouring into Southwest US hasn't fully eliminated the region's megadrought

Max Golembo, Julia Jacobo and Daniel Manzo | ABC News

The record-breaking rain soaking the Southwest U.S. in recent weeks, fueled by several rounds of atmospheric rivers and an El Niño event, still won't be enough to completely eliminate the decades-long megadrought in the notoriously arid region, according to researchers.

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