texas groundwater news august 2018

Texas-New Mexico water fight could be impacted by SCOTUS ruling "A U.S. Supreme Court decision on Wednesday in a water fight between Florida and Georgia could have implications for a similar legal battle between Texas and New Mexico over the Rio Grande water supply..." "the high court remanded the case to the court-appointed special master responsible … Continue reading texas groundwater news august 2018

presentation to the southwestern travis county groundwater conservation district

Available for perusin' and abusin'! 2018-0808b Mace - SWTCGCD [another revised version posted August 9, 2018 5:52pm after I saw that the PDF truncated the slides. I promise: I'll get this figured out one of these days...] [revised version posted August 8, 2018 ~8:04am after {cough, cough} someone noted I had the wrong name for … Continue reading presentation to the southwestern travis county groundwater conservation district

texas groundwater news june 2018

Pipeline leaks; rancher reports; company delays reporting leak; judge says the company should be fined; Railroad Commission doesn’t fine (and chews out staff): https://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/why-texas-officials-decided-not-levy-penalties-after-pipeline-leak/HyOfo4fe4nBAewoeWeM6XO/ Movement on Electro-Purification's permit from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District: editorial: https://haysfreepress.com/2018/06/13/ep-request-is-an-alarming-threat-to-groundwater/ background: https://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-govt--politics/hays-county-water-fight-back-years-after-residents-big-win/NHY3f5s9iJLPS5MQw5DzLM/ public meeting: https://haysfreepress.com/2018/06/20/aquifer-district-presents-plan-to-harness-ep/ You should visit The Meadows Center and take a glass-bottom boat tour: https://scadconnector.com/2018/06/10/stranded-in-texas-part-three-a-glass-bottom-boat-tour-at-the-texas-state-university-meadows-center/ New Mexico’s … Continue reading texas groundwater news june 2018

hydrogeomimicry: a visit to san antonio’s confluence park

In the architectural world, there's this thing called mimicry: structures that are inspired by nature. There's biomimicry, such as at Antoni Gaudi's ethereal (started in 1881 and still under construction!) cathedral in Barcelona: Tree-like columns inside Gaudi's Barcelona cathedral (via Wikimedia Commons) There's also geomimicry, such as Jean Nouvel's stunning National Museum of Qatar inspired by … Continue reading hydrogeomimicry: a visit to san antonio’s confluence park

there’s still a gusher in Sulphur, Oklahoma

  I loves me a well that squirts water from the ground! We'll let the Freudists debate precisely what that means psychologically, but for me, it's hydrogeology come alive in a magical display of hydraulic head higher--sometimes substantially higher--than the land surface. Water! Flowing "uphill"!!! Sadly, many of the early gushers have long dried up due to … Continue reading there’s still a gusher in Sulphur, Oklahoma

a trip to the (flowing!) comanche springs

Hunting for crawfish in the canal just downstream of the pool. The salt rim on the sides suggests a waning flow. Comanche Springs (originally named Awache, Comanche for "wide water") was a Comanche stop into and out of Mexico (and surely a pre-historic stop for water in a land where water iss scarce). Later, the … Continue reading a trip to the (flowing!) comanche springs

du ponts’ artesian well in louisville, kentucky (1858)

After Mulot imported Chinese cable-tool drilling to the western world and successfully sank a flowing artesian well in Paris, water wildcatters worldwide slowly began chipping into the depths in search of artesian water. The du Ponts drilled one such well in Louisville, Kentucky; a well nicely described by Professor J. Lawrence Smith of the University … Continue reading du ponts’ artesian well in louisville, kentucky (1858)