Governor asks Californians to voluntarily cut water use

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked people and businesses in the nation’s most populous state to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15% as the Western United States weathers a drought that is rapidly emptying reservoirs relied on for agriculture, drinking water and fish habitat. The water conservation […]

Guest writer Harry Hardman, “What are Desired Future Conditions? Understanding the LSGCD’s Plan for Managing Groundwater”

Harry Hardman, Guest Writer, The Golden Hammer Montgomery County, April 19 – 2021 is a big year for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD). Not just because it is our 20th anniversary but because this year, we are charged by the state to look ahead, plan for what we want the aquifers to look like in […]

Representative King seeks to protect river authorities, such as SJRA, in dark shadows, with House Bill 3933

Austin, March 22 – State Representative Tracy King, an environmentalist who is one of the most grave enemies of private property rights in Texas, introduced House Bill 3933 on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The legislation would remove all river authorities, including the scofflaw San Jacinto River  Authority (SJRA), from all “sunset” review by the Texas […]

Guest Editorial, Simon Sequeira: Norton’s guest epistle deep with half-truths and lies about water, subsidence issues

Simon Sequeira, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer Laura Norton’s recent guest epistle (“Why is Your Home More Vulnerable to Flooding? It’s Sinking,” The Golden Hammer, March 8, 2021 somehow found its way into the editorial section of this news source.  It would have been more appropriately placed in a fiction section, if the Golden Hammer […]

In Texas, attention turns to storm repairs, political peril

DALLAS (AP) — The seam that split in a pipe under Nora Espinoza’s sink during the frigid cold that gripped Texas was narrower than the edge of a dime. Her kitchen appeared mostly undamaged, but the plumber that cut into Espinoza’s wall found water had been pouring in underneath the floor. She expects the repairs […]

Some electricity restored in Texas, but water woes grow

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Power was restored to more homes and businesses Thursday in states hit by a deadly blast of winter that overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold this week. But the crisis was far from over in parts of the South, where many people still lacked safe drinking […]

Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than previously suspected. And for the first time, the presence of water on the moon’s sunlit surface has been confirmed, scientists reported Monday. That’s good news for astronauts at future lunar bases […]

Groundwater producers, owners calls for common sense groundwater regulation in letter to Texas House members

Publisher’s Note: Webb Melder, former Mayor of Conroe and former President of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, wrote a letter on September 25, 2020, to members of the Texas House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. This article contains an excerpt of part of his letter, which Melder wrote on behalf of the Texas Association […]