Thursday, June 2, 2016

Court weighs in

Texas rules in favor of landowner in groundwater case

Texas Supreme Court

Texas Tribune

The Texas Supreme Court has strengthened protections for landowners who don’t have rights to the water underneath their property. In a ruling last week, the state’s highest civil court said Texas' “accommodation doctrine” should also apply to groundwater, in addition to oil and gas. The decades-old doctrine requires mineral owners — considered the dominant estate — to accommodate the surface owner’s existing use of the land if at all possible.

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Fla.'s tiered rates 'significant' in lowering usage

The Ledger

In the last decade or so, Florida utilities departments have transitioned from flat rates to tiered structures in an effort to decrease their usage. Data collected from Polk County, Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lake Wales show the tiered structures have done just that. Polk County Utilities Director Marjorie Craig said "tiered water rates provide the clearest reduction."

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New online tools provide Texas flood information

KXAN Austin

When floodwaters rise in Texas, a little warning could make a major difference for residents across the state. Two new online resources aim to provide users with critical information. The Texas Water Development Board recently launched a new website giving unprecedented information to homeowners and the USGS released a new online app that can help prepare users for potential flooding.

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