Seizing the moment for rural water infrastructure

Seizing the moment for rural water infrastructure

In February, 2021, Winter Storm Uri shined a light on the fragility of our state’s infrastructure as an energy crisis quickly evolved into a water crisis. However, even before Texas was plunged into the ice, our state’s water infrastructure systems received a C- for...
Report finds on-site water reuse can boost affordable housing, spread climate resilience

Report finds on-site water reuse can boost affordable housing, spread climate resilience

Strategic integration of onsite water reuse can bring financial and quality-of-life benefits to affordable housing residents, according to an extensive new study by the National Wildlife Federation. The report finds on-site collection, treatment, and non-potable use...
Rethinking our relationship with Hill Country water, before it’s too late

Rethinking our relationship with Hill Country water, before it’s too late

Editorial by Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation Water is an integral part of the Hill Country fabric, and it is embodied in the rivers and springs that make this region special. It is also the single most limiting factor in the Hill Country. The region’s...
If drought conditions don’t improve, more water restrictions could come to Central Texas.

If drought conditions don’t improve, more water restrictions could come to Central Texas.

Drought conditions across the state are getting worse. Here in Austin, many areas are already feeling its effects. Mark Wentzel is the Instream Flows Leader with the Texas Water Development Board. He said Lakes Travis and Buchanan are some of the main water reservoirs...
‘Tipping point’: Waters under fire in Texas Hill Country as development, population boom

‘Tipping point’: Waters under fire in Texas Hill Country as development, population boom

The Texas Hill Country has long been lauded as the Land of 1,100 Springs, but there’s trouble brewing in those pristine waters. The area is growing at breakneck speed. More people are drawing water from a finite supply. More are putting wastewater — which helps...
Spring Water Revival: Splash into learning, spring into action

Spring Water Revival: Splash into learning, spring into action

A month of education, outreach, and action for Hill Country water. Spring in the Hill Country is a time of blooming wildflowers, flowing creeks, and (hopefully) the arrival of long-awaited rains. This spring, the Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is proud to announce the...