The 25-year-old “boys” have taken it upon themselves to score each jump off the diving board, Olympics-style. Austin poolgoers have embraced the challenge.
For the second year in a row, the iconic spring-fed swimming hole has stopped flowing, the consequence of drought and overpumping.
An oil executive wants to block the South Llano River for private recreational purposes. Hill Country residents are outraged.
From agriculture to industry, cowboy boots to queso, water is at the heart of everything we love about the state of Texas.
From rugged coastal inlets to calm urban lakes, these spots offer something for every SUPer.
The water at Pagosa Springs’ luxury resort burbles forth from the world’s deepest geothermal spring.
Plans were underway to revive tourism at Fort Clark Springs in southwest Texas. But then, in a scenario increasingly common across the state, the water stopped flowing.
Chemical engineer Guihua Yu’s team works with tiny particles to try to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.
Following the lead of farm animals, heat-weary humans have embraced the budget joy of cooling off in these shallow metal tubs.
38 ways to cool off in our state's springs, lakes, and more.
Marco who? This is the ultimate water game.
When you’re floating on top of the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston, you might have reached peak Texas.
After an abandoned well began spewing toxic, salty water onto her Permian Basin land, Ashley Watt would stop at nothing to determine the cause—and to hold Chevron accountable.
A&M researchers say more-robust testing is needed to understand just how much human feces ends up in Gulf waters.
Researchers at Tarleton State have found an all-natural way to prevent Texans from imbibing quite so many tiny plastic particles.
A Pecos County well has leaked noxious salt water for almost two decades. No one is taking responsibility for getting it cleaned up.
As Mexico lags on sending what it owes to U.S. reservoirs and farmers on both sides of the border protest, experts say the 1944 agreement is not suited for today’s agricultural landscape.
In the tug-of-war over groundwater between two Central Texas counties, he who pumps the most, wins. At least until everyone loses.
We all know the Gulf of Mexico is brown. Until it isn’t.
We’ve mapped out nineteen places to cool off the way nature intended by swimming, wading, and diving into Texas’s restorative waterways.
The risks a West Texan will take for a quick dip.
Relinquishing oneself to these green waters is a tradition that runs deep in my family.
Getting wet, getting scared, and getting my family a little closer to Texas at Schlitterbahn.
The exploits of a teenager trying to surf in Galveston.
Michael Mascha doesn’t care so much whether the glass of water is half full or half empty; he wants to know its mineral content, hardness, pH level, vintage and virginality.
It was a wild night in the House yesterday as Democrats and Republicans battled over their respective priorities: water, for Republicans and education, for Democrats. The leadership could not get the votes for taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund for water—even though Perry came out for doing
Today is the pivotal moment of the session—a vote on HB 11, the funding bill for the water plan. The vote was preceded this afternoon by a meeting of the House Republican caucus, at which Rick Perry was in attendance. Afterward, he told reporters that the prudent
AP Photo | Eric GayJoe Straus said at the beginning of the session that he was going to put the House to work on the state’s biggest problems, and he is making good on his vow. On Tuesday the House passed HB 5, a major public education bill that
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.
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.
Don't let the recent rains fool you: ninety percent of Texas remains in a drought.
It may have rained where you live Tuesday, but the drought continues to impact everything from butterflies to barbecue and golf to drinking water.
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
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 into
Along the Houston Ship Channel the water is eight feet high and risin’.
West Texans are going to have to figure out what they’re going to do when the well runs dry.
KUT's Terrence Henry and Mose Buchele discuss the stories behind their research and reporting on the drought.
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
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.
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.
In summer months, Houstonians are drinking ice cold . . . toilet water. Courtesy of Dallas.
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?
Summer’s blast furnace is firing up. Luckily, Texas is a paradise of spring-fed pools, sparkling beaches, and more. Here are our picks for the best places to chill out, get wet, and go off the deep end. Plus extra web-only information!
How I survived a course in desert survival.