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Global temperatures “likely” to set a new record this year

The Texas state climatologist — the top climate official in one of the most conservative states in the country — has predicted that this year probably will be the warmest on record.

In his periodic report on Texas weather and crops released this week, Texas A&M University atmospheric scientist John Nielsen-Gammon said:

Global temperatures have been relatively flat for the past several years. Some people use that information to try to imply that global warming has stopped. But it turns out that the factors causing global warming are still there, it’s just that the El Niño-La Niña cycle has temporarily trended cooler and has partially masked the warming. In the tropical Pacific, there’s actually fairly cold water just below the surface. With a La Niña event, that cold water is drawn all the way up to the surface, and interacts with the atmosphere and causes it to be cooler. If you leave the refrigerator door open, the room will be a little cooler. If my forecast is correct, and there’s no La Niña to hide the underlying warming trend, global surface temperatures are likely to increase and set a new record this year.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Update

This week the *Bell County coalition of stakeholders – Bell County, Clearwater UWCD, Salado WSC, Jarrell-Schwertner WSC, and Village of Salado – filed a second round of public comment on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“USFWS’s”) proposal to list the Salado Salamander as an endangered species. The Coalition’s filing bolstered its position that measures are already in place in Bell County that protect spring flow and spring habitat of the Salado Salamander. This comment concluded that “[b]ased on studies conducted to date, the stakeholders continue to be of the position that the Salado Salamander does not merit listing and that designation of critical habitat is unnecessary to protect the survivability of the Salado Salamander.” Bell County separately filed a detailed explanation why USFWS had incorrectly classified certain important areas as critical habitat.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announcement

Today the Service released its draft economic analysis and announced the reopening of a comment period to allow the public to submit more information about the Salado Salamander and its habitat.

We are pleased that the Service opened up the period. Our coalition of stakeholders – Bell County, Clearwater UWCD, Village of Salado and Salado WSC – has been busy working to develop studies that assess whether there are any realistic impacts to the salamander caused by current activities in Bell County.

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Board Sets Tax Rate and Adopts FY 13 Budget

On August 27, 2012, the Clearwater UWCD held a public hearing on the proposed tax rate for tax year 2012. The Board also adopted the budget for FY13 and set the tax rate for tax year 2012.

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