In the tug-of-war over groundwater between two Central Texas counties, he who pumps the most, wins. At least until everyone loses.
A new book asks if Texans, long accustomed to harrowing dry spells, are ready for the harrowing dry spells in our future.
In drought-ravaged West Texas, cotton farmers find good omens in unlikely places.
In an era of drought, tight finances, and a shrinking water park market, how does Schlitterbahn keep getting bigger?
No rain, more gain for Wichita Falls water haulers.
For the first time in its history, the Austin City Limits Music Festival stretched over two weeks, a format that worked out well for some—and not so well for others.
When Lake Travis drops below 660 feet, visitor spending drops by up to $33.8 million, resulting in lost jobs and shuttered businesses. Carlos’n Charlie’s, a 500-plus-seat Mexican restaurant, is the latest casualty.
The city's massive inland desalination plant is drawing admirers from near and far.
Remember the 2012 Water Plan? Now it's being discussed in legislature. We'll bring you up to speed.
Were cleaner beaches in 2011 an unexpected upside to the drought?
Did a genetically modified grass kill a herd of Texas cattle, or were they just another casualty of the ongoing drought?
As much as anything, the economic boom in Texas depends on water. So what will industry do as the state gets drier? The Texas Tribune's Kate Galbraith explains.
Last summer’s average temperatures in Texas set a record for the hottest summer ever, but new data finds Oklahoma was more scorched.
Many Texas farmers are on the cusp of retirement, but young people don't seem eager to replace them.
After the driest year on record, state policymakers and scientists convened at the Texas Water Summit to address the state's water supply problem.
One year after the Rock House fire, more than 20,000 acres in Jeff Davis County are aflame.
At the same time Texas is fighting to get water from Oklahoma, state officials want to block Mexico from pumping water out of the Rio Grande.
Recent rains may have some fooled, but the costliest drought in the state's history still grips Texas.
The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the drought impacts the state’s rice farmers, migratory bird populations, and hot tub owners.
The Lower Colorado River Authority approved a new water management plan Wednesday, giving it more tools to deal with extreme drought.
Perry conducted a Kardashian-level of media courtship at the Capitol, where he told reporters he won't rule out another run for governor or president.
Spicewood Beach needs water trucked in every couple of hours, the recent rains haven't made an impact, and it's been "the poorest year" for the state's cotton farmers.
Don't let the recent rains fool you: ninety percent of Texas remains in a drought.
And it will affect the steak-loving citizens of the state, as beef prices could jump up to ten percent this year.
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?
TEXAS MONTHLY partnered with StateImpact Texas and KUT News to take a close look at how the state can manage a growing population amid a shrinking water supply. Listen to reports from NPR’s John Burnett, Texas state photographer Wyman Meinzer, and more audio and online reports.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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…
West Texans are going to have to figure out what they’re going to do when the well runs dry.
More than 300 million trees died in Texas in 2011 due to extreme drought conditions
KUT's Terrence Henry and Mose Buchele discuss the stories behind their research and reporting on the drought.
Lake levels are down, but things just might be looking up for fishermen. Two thirteen-pounders were snagged from a depleted reservoir, and officials say there's more where they came from.
For more than 75 years, rice farmers in Matagorda County and elsewhere along the Gulf have shared the waters of the Colorado River with urban residents in the Hill Country. But with city centers booming and an almost-certain drought ahead, the state is being forced to choose between a water-intensive crop and a water-intensive population.
Texas shed roughly 600,000 cattle in 2011, record drop that threatens to reshape the industry.
The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the ongoing drought impacts the state’s groundwater, state parks, and horses.
It will be remembered as the year of smoke and devastation, as drought-fueled flames wreaked unprecedented havoc across Texas, from Bastrop County to Possum Kingdom. A photographic and oral history of the 2011 wildfires.
The drought leaves nothing untouched. This week the ongoing drought impacts the state’s Christmas tree production, grapes, quail, and peanut butter sandwiches.
Summer's over, but the drought may never be, and it's affecting everything from tourism to pecan pie to horse welfare.
As the state gets hotter, one former Midland resident thinks air conditioning should be required by the city building code.
The Texas Tribune reporter on writing about the drought, learning about landscaping trends in Midland, and recognizing just how precious water is.
As the drought tightens its grip on Texas, its effects are being felt everywhere, from rivers to reservoirs to the formerly verdant lawns of Midland.
Texas has the country’s most precise state water plan. So how is it that every one of our major cities is still on track to run dry in the next fifty years?
This summer’s hot topic? Weather.
A rain windfall in the Hill Country
From water rationing to stricken crops, the current drought may be as devastating as the one in the early fifties—the time it never rained.
The cattle are dying, the grass is gone, the ranchers are selling their land. The center of Texas is in a drought that may be the worst in a hundred years.