News Digest - May 31, 2019

Produced water is big business in New Mexico.

Memorial Day was Sine Die. The 86th Texas Legislative Session is over.

Houston Public Media recaps Dennis Bonnen’s debut as Speaker of the House.

One of the headline achievements of this session was the authorization of a$1.7 million appropriation from the rainy day fund for flood mitigation. This flood infrastructure fund will be put to Texas voters for authorization as a constitutional amendment in November.

Texas Living Waters calls out the Austin Public Library for innovation in Reuse and Rainwater Collection at the downtown flagship.

Work is in progress at Bois D’Arc creek near Leonard, TX, which will soon become Bois D’Arc Reservoir. North Texas Municipal Water District began work on the lake, the first major reservoir in Texas for some 30 years, one year ago.

El Paso Water Utility announced that they expect to begin releases from Elephant Butte Reservoir on the Rio Grande today, May 31. Elephant Butte reached 9% capacity last year but has been reinvigorated with this year’s bumper snowmelt.

Texas looks in good shape for the start of summer, as only a small portion of the state remained abnormally dry. We have a 70% chance of El Nino conditions continuing through the summer.

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