News Digest - September 27, 2019

After the hottest and driest August since 2011, and variable precipitation across the state through September, much of Texas is now experiencing drought conditions.

"One Water considers the urban water cycle as a single integrated system, where all urban water flows are recognized as potential resources. This unconventional approach is practiced through the inclusive and jointly planned control of all water systems — where all waters (e.g., wastewater, stormwater, rainwater, drinking water) are considered resources and are valued and put to use." The One Water Summit was in Austin from September 18 - 20.

Maui County Commissioners have voted to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by environmental advocacy groups in advance of it being heard in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. EPA has finalized the repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Rule, establishing one legal standard for the waters of the United States across all 50 states.

Research reveals the history behind the failure to maintain or replace the four dams on the now-closed lakes on the Guadalupe River. The transfer of water rights upstream to Canyon Lake allowed the GBRA to serve the growing suburbs of San Antonio, but left existing dams with no revenue stream.

The EPA announced that it would distribute $6 million to eight universities for research in PFAS contamination.Texas Tech will receive grant money to "identify and quantify the occurrence of PFAS in landfill leachate, investigate the fate of PFAS passing through typical landfill liner systems, and test the ability to break down PFAS in landfill leachate using soundwaves." Meanwhile, researchers at Texas A&M will "investigate the feasibility of electron beam technology for the destruction of PFAS compounds during the remediation of groundwater, wastewater, sewage sludges, and soils."

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