Environment

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The Silver Kings

Apr 17, 2013 By Stephen Harrigan

The wild and powerful tarpon once ruled the seas off Port Aransas. Why did the ancient fish disappear? And could they make a comeback?

It’s Time to Bag Some Feral Hogs

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

As part of "Hog Out" month in Texas, hunters in participating counties can receive two bucks for every feral hog they kill. Just make sure to save those tails! 

TM Informer: What Is Wildfire Season?

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

The Texas Forest Service recently announced that the state’s current “wildfire season” may not end. The TM Informer answers the question, When does it usually start and finish?

Industrial Evolution

Jan 21, 2013 By Kate Galbraith

As much as anything, the Texas economic miracle depends on water. Lots of water. So what are all those power plants, refineries, and factories going to do as the state gets drier and drier and drier?

Drawing Straws

Jan 21, 2013 By Nate Blakeslee

The future is likely going to require us to move large amounts of water from wet but sparsely populated places (a.k.a. East Texas) to thirsty, booming cities. Good thing there’s a plan for that. There is a plan, right?

Between Hell and Texas

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

Over the past year, state photographer Wyman Meinzer has roamed the Big Empty, documenting the drought’s toll. Will he ever take another pretty picture?

When the Sky Ran Dry

Jan 21, 2013 By John Burnett

Bad as the current drought is, it has yet to match the most arid spell in Texas history. Nearly two dozen survivors of the fifties drought remember the time it never rained.

The Writing on the Wall

Jan 21, 2013 By Roger D. Hodge

The Lower Pecos River rock paintings were created four thousand years ago by a long-forgotten people. But their apparent message may be as useful today as it was then: Follow the water.

The Truth About Texas: Water = Life

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

As last year’s historic drought reminded us, Texas has always lived life by the drop, just a few dry years away from a serious crisis. With our population expected to nearly double over the next fifty years, this situation is about to become more, not less, challenging. This month we look at the past, present, and future of water and drought in Texas and explore the solutions that give us hope.

Dry, the Beloved Country

Jan 21, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

The first serious coverage of water in TEXAS MONTHLY came just a couple months shy of our two-year anniversary, in a story by Greg Curtis entitled “Disaster, Part I. Lubbock is running out of water.” (A companion piece, “Disaster, Part II,” argued that Houston was sinking…

Consider the Oyster

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

If you’re a half shell fanatic like me, you’ll be just as alarmed as I was to hear that oystermen in Galveston Bay—the source of some of the country’s most delicious mollusks —are still struggling to make it after Hurricane Ike.

Litter Did We Know

Jan 20, 2013 By Katharyn Rodemann

A tidy look back at 25 years of “Don’t Mess With Texas”— the most successful anti-littering campaign in world history.

Oil and Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

The spill in the Gulf is just the latest in a string of catastrophic regulatory failures that prove how incompetent government is. And how important it is.

Wild at Heart

Jan 20, 2013 By Rick Bass

My mother trained me to be a naturalist in our suburban backyard, one bird call at a time.

Lands That I Love

Jan 20, 2013 By Andrew Sansom

Our natural resources are under greater threat than ever before. Meet three very different people who are doing something to save Texas. Literally.

The Gospel According to Matthew

Jan 20, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

Why does a rich Houston investment banker spend his days traveling the globe, preaching to the uninformed and indifferent that the world’s supply of crude oil is in steep decline and the end of life as we know it is very, very near? Maybe because it is.

Boone Pickens Wants To Sell You His Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

And you’re going to need it, eventually, since Texas’ most precious natural resource is being depleted at an alarming rate. His plan is to pump vast amounts from his land in the Panhandle and pipe it to parched cities like El Paso and San Antonio—for a hefty price, of course. But other powerful interests have the same idea. Let the battle begin.

Oil and Water

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

Offshore drillers are finding mammoth reservoirs in places that were once considered barren, which is why the Gulf of Mexico is booming again.