NEWS 8 AUSTIN

Troubled Waters

Nov 19, 2009 | News 8 Austin by Jenna Hiller | Related Press

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Troubled Waters: Regional cooperation drying out
(Part 1) In 1997, the Texas Legislature developed a water development plan that divided the state into 16 regions. The bill was supported by the idea that water-rich regions would help water-poor regions; however the spirit of that idea does not always withstand the demand for an increasingly vital commodity.

Troubled Waters: Texas rice farmer takes on water wars
(Part 2) The movers and shakers of a piece of legislation that would divert water from the Colorado River to the San Antonio Water System achieved a mutually beneficial resolution to a water supply and demand problem. The plan, however, became less mutually beneficial as time passed.

Troubled Waters: Security of supply saturates perception
(Part 3) While Austin has secured a 100-year water supply from the LCRA, San Antonio is still searching for additional water sources to meet population demands in 50 years. The security of a water supply can play a big role in the way people view that limited resource.

Troubled Waters: Competing water demands affect all regions
(Part 4) As the demand for water increases, so does the number of people affected. What might seem like a water war between rural and urban areas actually stretches out as far as the Texas Gulf, from wildlife to the shrimping industry.

Troubled Waters: Conservation keeps water running
(Part 5) Conservationists say our future demand could exceed our supply, and everyone should cut back.

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