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Photo credit: Bob Owen / San Antonio Express-News
Photo credit: Bob Owen / San Antonio Express-News
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Report: Guadalupe River Going Dry

Most of South Texas is still trying to recover from the devastating three-year drought, with not much relief in sight. As a result, lakes, rivers, creeks and streams are quickly losing water volume. A new report on My San Antonio.com says the Guadalupe River is the driest it has been in more than fifty years. This has implications well beyond limiting fishing, kayaking, and other "on-the-river" recreational activities; the river is a vital source of drinking and irrigation water for many towns, farms and ranches in the Golden Crescent and Coastal Bend regions.

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Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program
Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program
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New Whooping Crane Habitat Now Protected

Like clockwork the whooping cranes appear in the marshlands of the coastal bend every year. Were it not for the hard work and perseverance of several conservation groups, the cranes may have disappeared from the face of the earth. Today, the crane population continues to grow and the work continues along with them.

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Power Warning - Conservation Critical
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ERCOT News Release: Power Warning – Conservation Critical

Austin, Aug.4, 2011 - Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today to avert the need for rotating outages.

 

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 at 2:26 p.m. today due to responsive reserves below 1,750 megawatts (MW).

"Interruptible loads – large customers paid to be dropped in a level 2 emergency have been deployed," said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations.

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