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Texas Drought Monitor

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Texas Governor Signs Bill Key to $2 Billion Water Plan

(Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday signed into law a bill creating a fund to finance water infrastructure projects in a state suffering from two years of widespread drought.

The measure, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature, sets up a system for Texas to provide loans for projects such as reservoirs, wells and conservation efforts. Lawmakers passed a separate proposal to draw $2 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to help finance the loans.

Texas voters will be asked this fall to approve the creation of the water fund.

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Texas Well Owner Network

Texas Well Owner NetworkClearwater Underground Water Conservation District is excited to be involved in the education of responsible well ownership. We have partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension services to bring this great opportunity to Bell County. The program is scheduled for June 20, 2013 and will be held on the new campus of Texas A&M University – Central Texas located at 1001 Leadership Place in Killeen, Texas.

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Drought Concerns in Bell County

Clearwater UWCD is concerned about the deteriorate conditions of the Trinity and Edwards Aquifers in Bell County due to the drought.

Texas DroughtWe have been monitoring both the Trinity and Edwards BFZ Aquifers for more than six years and have great concern that the epic drought conditions have not subsided and conditions could possible get worse in the months to come. We measure the health of the Edwards Aquifer in three different ways and with two of those being triggers for drought awareness. The first trigger is rainfall measurement based on a 365 day running total. The second being the spring flow measurements at the complex of springs in downtown Salado that contribute to the Salado Creek as they diffuse water from the aquifer into the creek. We also monitor more than seven wells and have fourteen wells at our disposal to measure static water levels and drawdown.

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