San Antonio’s treated sewage proving vital to river and estuaries

It’s easy to turn up your nose at what you flush down your toilet, but once the city cleans that wastewater, it can benefit the San Antonio River. Treated effluent makes up 90 percent of the flow in the river. It keeps aquatic plants and animals alive. It cools...

New project seeks ‘equitable adaptation’ of urban stormwater infrastructure, management

The National Science Foundation recently announced project awards for its Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) planning grant program, and the team led by Wendy Jepson, Ph.D., Texas Water Resources Institute associate director and University Professor of Geography in...

Opinion: Texas has a long way to go to live up to vision of Clean Water Act

Last month the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) voted to remove what would have been a first-ever microplastics ban from its proposed Surface Water Quality Standards. The decision went against the support of numerous environmental organizations and...

Dried Up: Hydrologists dig into Jacob’s Well, prepare for explosive Hill Country growth

Texas researchers are taking a closer look at the future of the Trinity Aquifer. The aquifer, which provides much of the drinking water to the Texas Hill Country, has seen a sharp decline amid rapid growth and years of extreme drought. The research could help...
Grassroots gathering of Hill Country water advocates reveals ongoing water challenges and opportunities in the region

Grassroots gathering of Hill Country water advocates reveals ongoing water challenges and opportunities in the region

Hill Country water advocates from across the region gathered in Bandera, TX on October 13th for a day of learning, connecting, and strategizing for water stewardship in our region. “The work to protect our aquifers and rivers is challenging but vital to the long-term...