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Texas Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of Read More

Despite Rain Texas Commissioner Pushes Water Conservation

Despite the rains Central Texas saw last week, the Texas Agriculture Commissioner is pushing water conservation. Todd Staples is reminding people of the critical need to continue conserving water in order to delay the need for more stringent water restrictions. “This is a crisis, make no mistake,” said AG Commissioner Staples. “This drought that we are in is making substantial changes to economies rippled throughout Texas.”

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New Texas Law Forbids HOAs to Ban Some Water Conservation Methods

Homeowners who want to try more conservative landscaping — and maybe save some money on their water bill. A new state law prohibits homeowner associations from outlawing drought-tolerant landscaping, rain collection and composting. An association can set reasonable regulations and require homeowners to submit landscape plans for approval, according to the law.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Update

This week was the deadline for USFWS to decide whether the Salado Salamander and three other Central Texas-area salamanders should be listed and whether critical habitat relied upon by these species should be designated under the Endangered Species Act. USFWS announced a six-month extension of its deadline for the Salado and Georgetown Salamanders, but declared that the other two species (the Austin Blind Salamander and Jollyville Plateau Salamander) should be listed and habitat designated. USFWS cited disagreement among scientists and the need for more time to evaluate data as the reasons for delaying its decision on the Salado and Georgetown Salamanders.

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