water http://hppr.org en Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water? http://hppr.org/post/texas-groundwater-solution-disappearing-surface-water <p></p><p>Life requires water. In Texas the surface water, owned by the state, is drying or dried up, and everyone from farmers to politicians are looking underground to make up the state’s growing water deficit according to <strong><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/19/texas-look-beneath-surface-water-challenges/?utm_source=feedly">the Texas Tribune</a></strong>. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 24578 at http://hppr.org Texas: Is Groundwater a Solution to Disappearing Surface Water? Politicians, researchers disagree on Proposition 6 as Texans vote Tuesday http://hppr.org/post/politicians-researchers-disagree-proposition-6-texans-vote-tuesday <p></p><p>Tuesday, Texas votes on Proposition 6, a measure that aims to solve the state's water shortage by creating a fund for water development projects. The legislation would draw $2 billion in funds from the state's Rainy Day Fund.</p><p>Politicians including Governor Rick Perry support Proposition 6, calling the measure important in meeting the state's water needs. Some lawmakers are critical of the measure, saying it would give too much power to a three-member board overseeing spending. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:01:27 +0000 Adam Vos 23847 at http://hppr.org Politicians, researchers disagree on Proposition 6 as Texans vote Tuesday Doing More With Less Water http://hppr.org/post/doing-more-less-water <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.</span></p><p>Climate models&nbsp;<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/thirsty-cities-drain-colorado-farmland">and population growth</a>&nbsp;paint a pretty bleak picture for water availability a few decades from now. If farmers want to stay in business, they have to figure out how to do more with less. Enter: super efficient irrigation systems.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 20491 at http://hppr.org Doing More With Less Water Lifeblood for rural communities: federal funds http://hppr.org/post/lifeblood-rural-communities-federal-funds <p></p><p>As Congress fiddles with major farm legislation, there’s a portion of it that gets very little attention. Some say it is a difference-maker for job creation in small rural communities and provides a boost those towns need. Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse reports.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the small town of Staunton, Ill., the new $9 million water plant is a welcome addition. After all, when the 80-year-old facility it replaces seized up last year, the community’s 5,000 residents were without water for five days.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 17153 at http://hppr.org Lifeblood for rural communities: federal funds