US FWS Proposed Listing for Six Texas Mussel Species


Aquatic species, like freshwater mussels, are particularly useful as indicators of water quality.  They have limited range and rely heavily on the surrounding aquatic community to reproduce.  Since they’re largely immobile, water quality and habitat degradation pose significant risks. Loading of creeks and rivers with fine sediments, low-flow and drought, and water quality changes negatively … Continue reading US FWS Proposed Listing for Six Texas Mussel Species

Settlement Agreement Finalized between Needmore, BSEACD, and TESPA


Since 2015, Needmore, LLC’s large-volume permit has been a topic of heated debate.  The agricultural, irrigation, and wildlife use permit was formally contested by TESPA with support from WVWA and many others. The permit has been under litigation until this week (June 9) when all parties reached a settlement agreement.  The settlement agreement secures substantial … Continue reading Settlement Agreement Finalized between Needmore, BSEACD, and TESPA

Water Crisis in the Making: Antiquated Texas Laws Meet a Hotter Climate


By Seamus McGraw July 26, 2018 Even in the best of times, water in Texas has always been an ornery and mercurial resource. It falls from the sky in torrents in the sodden eastern counties along the Gulf of Mexico and falls sometimes not at all in the parched counties to the west where, in … Continue reading Water Crisis in the Making: Antiquated Texas Laws Meet a Hotter Climate