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From the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Newsroom

In a shared announcement on Tuesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) unveiled a statewide public service campaign to promote outdoor recreation and encourage personal responsibility in protecting our state’s natural resources.

Country music star Kevin Fowler donated his talents for radio and TV spots, including writing and performing the campaign’s jingle, “Take Care of Texas,” which...

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In Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers surface water rights by priority doctrine (first in time, first in right). When a senior water right holder is not getting the water to which it is entitled, it can make a senior water right call and request TCEQ enforcement of the priority doctrine. The drought of 2011 and ongoing drought conditions have challenged the priority doctrine.

In 2011, TCEQ received 15 senior water right calls resulting in the suspension of approximately 1,200 water right permits. Senior water right calls were made in the Brazos,...

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Congratulations to Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Melanie Callahan, who was named Administrator of the Year by the Texas State Agency Business Administrator's Association (TSABAA). Ms. Callahan was named TWDB's interim executive administrator in March 2011 and executive administrator in December 2011.

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Written by Keeley Kirksey, P.E. and Rachel Ickert, P.E.

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Although drought conditions across most of Texas have improved since October of 2011, the June 19 U.S. Drought Monitor indicates that only 10 percent of the state is drought-free. This spring, reservoir levels increased significantly in many areas of the state, which has caused some Texans to resort back to a state of apathy in the hydro-illogic cycle (discussed in the...

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When much-needed rains soaked many parts of the state, residents and media outlets cheered, “The drought has broken!” The rains were a relief to those areas; however, much of the state remains in a serious drought, and many municipalities in other areas are cautiously maintaining their Stage I, Stage II, or even Stage III drought status.

Fortunately, those municipalities have avoided falling prey to the “hydro-illogical” cycle, where apathy follows rain, and then concern follows a drought, which leads to panic after the drought continues.

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TagsDrought Contingency, Drought Response, Sustainability, Drought Restrictions, water supply,

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