Tuesday, October 21, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

Lost & Found

Lost: Small black female dog, no collar, her name is Shortcake, has long hair, Sutherland Springs area. Call 830-391-5099.
Lost: Black female Chihuahua named Gloomy and black male Chihuahua named Rico, from CR 126, Floresville, missed dearly by their family! Call 210-428-3803. 

Video Lost: Cat, black and white, last seen the evening of Sept. 29 in the Woodcreek Subdivision area, La Vernia. Reward for his safe return. Call Richard, 830-779-2080 or 210-776-4930.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

RHINO SWD is looking for Disposal Operators with previous oilfield/fracking experience for our Kenedy, TX location. Call 361-274-3333 to schedule an interview.
Dental assistant for busy La Vernia office, must have 3+ years experience in general dentistry and certified. Qualified applicants only, call 830-779-2727 or email edward_elizondo@att.net.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

Commentaries


The Economist: $2 billion well spent




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story

Disclaimer:
The author of this entry is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
Dr. M. Ray Perryman
May 31, 2013 | 1847 views | Post a comment

A few weeks ago, as the Texas legislative session began to wind down without a major move to ensure the adequacy of the state’s future water supplies, the volume of questions and concerns about what would happen if we began to run short cranked up. Rightfully so. Water is not only essential to life, but also to the economy as we know it. Major industries from agriculture to microelectronics to oil/gas exploration to tourism depend on having enough (and affordable) water. Quality of life is also affected; just ask any fisherman, wakeboarder, boater, gardener, or lakefront homeowner.

Recently, Texas has been hit with a one-two punch of shrinking supplies and growing needs. For the past couple of years, much of the state has been in a drought, and 2011 was the driest year on record for many locales. Overall, the state’s water supply reservoirs are just over 66% full, down from 74% full a year ago. However, if you look at a map of individual lakes, there is a sharp divide between the eastern portion of the state, where most reservoirs are at 70% full (or better), and the western half, where a number are empty (or close to it).

The Texas Water Development Board estimates that the state’s existing water supplies (the amount of water that can be produced with current permits, contracts, and existing infrastructure during drought) will decrease by about 10% by 2060 (from about 17 million acre feet in 2010 to about 15 million acre-feet in 2060). The drop is primarily due to continued depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and a reduced reliance on the Gulf Coast Aquifer.

At the same time, the population of the state is forecast to grow by more than 80% by 2060, from about 25 million in 2010 to 46 million. Water demand is likely to increase from about 18 million acre-feet per year to 22 million acre-feet, a 22% jump. So while supplies are falling, demand is rising, leaving a notable gap if we don’t implement new water supply projects or management strategies.

My long-time friend, the late Bob Bullock, was instrumental in laying the groundwork for planning for water needs, introducing the current regional approach. The state’s 16 regional planning groups have recommended 562 water supply projects which would add 9 million acre-feet per year to the state water supply. Such significant additions to water infrastructure would provide much-needed relief and protection of the state’s population and business complex during times of drought.

Of course these projects are costly, and the estimated investment required for design, construction, and implementation would be about $53 billion. Municipal water providers can foot much of the bill, but state financial assistance is also needed. The Texas Legislature took a positive step for the future in passing legislation creating a fund to finance water infrastructure projects. Texas voters will have to take the next step this fall by voting to approve drawing $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to help with financing the loans, thus allowing the resources to be leveraged very effectively. It would be $2 billion well spent, as the economic consequences of running short are vastly larger.

The severe drought of the past several years in Texas has brought a renewed focus to Texas’s water resources and how to plan for the future, particularly given the greater demand for water that comes with expected population and industrial growth. Water supply adequacy is one of the major challenges for the state in the coming years, and developing and funding a successful plan is imperative in order to ensure future prosperity and quality of life.

Perryman is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Perryman Group (www.perrymangroup.com). He also serves as Institute Distinguished Professor of Economic Theory and Method at the International Institute for Advanced Studies.
 
« Previous Blog Entry (May 31, 2013)
 


Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Commentaries



Commentaries
Commentaries page govtrack.us
Commentaries who represents me?

Sacred Heart SchoolChester WilsonVoncille Bielefeld homeBlue Moon Karaoke & DJDrama KidsHeavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride RealtyWilson's Auto ChooserTriple R DC Experts
  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.