The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

December 29, 2012

Flynn: Not enough water to go around

One of the lawmakers representing Hunt County in Austin believes water should be a major focus of the upcoming session of the next state legislature.

State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) said the 2011 drought — the worst in the state’s history — and the expected rapid increase in population in Texas means that soon there won’t be enough water to go around.

“Put simply, we do not have enough water to support projected future population growth with our current water infrastructure,” Flynn said in the most recent version of “The Flynn Report.”

The 83rd Texas Legislature is scheduled to convene on January 8 and will be dealing with the standard debates over school finance, whether to legalize casino gambling in Texas, choosing a new Speaker of the House, immigration reform and setting a budget.

But Flynn, who represents House District 2 which includes Hunt, Hopkins and Van Zandt counties, said it “would be foolish to forget Texas is still very much in a water crisis”, just because recent rains have helped reduce overall drought numbers.

“The 2011 drought led to severe declines in aquifer and reservoir levels, compromising water supply and delivery to many public systems,” Flynn said. “Early in 2012, the public water systems of 13 towns and cities were projected to run completely out of water within 180 days and Texas reservoirs were at 64 percent of their water storage capacity -- the lowest since 1974 when the state started keeping records.”

Flynn noted the current state population of 26 million is forecast to rise to 46.3 million by 2060, adding the State Water Plan has concluded Texas does not have enough water to meet the expected needs of its people, businesses and agricultural enterprises.

“The Water Plan tells us what needs to be done and how much it will cost to do it,” Flynn said. “Unfortunately, the state has no revenue source devoted to maintaining and developing water supplies at this time. It will be critical that the Legislature address how to adequately fund the Water Plan. During the interim, both the Senate and House have been considering possible ways to do this. In the meantime, it is important that as individuals we strive to conserve water in our homes and in our lives. We must all look for solutions to meet these critical needs. Talk with you neighbors and community about this issue so that we may all work toward a sustainable goal for our state.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GHS band helps its own, community

    Members of the Greenville High School Lion Pride Band are particularly charitable.
     

    April 19, 2014

  • Unemployment March 2014.jpg Jobless numbers take big dip

    Hundreds of people found jobs locally last month, as Hunt County’s unemployment statistics fell to a six-year low.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GCS flying high

    Greenville Christian School teachers found an entertaining way to learn about physics.

    April 19, 2014

  • Easter Bunny stock photo.jpg Following one busy Easter Bunny

    Easter egg hunts are scheduled in several locations across the area today and Sunday.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three GISD teams advance to Global Finals

    After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem-solving in local, state and regional tournaments, three Greenville ISD teams have earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination’s Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem-solving competition in the world, May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vaderrobot.jpg Dallas champions, Robowranglers look forward

    Practicing with the best hones skills and keeps members of Greenville High School Robowranglers on point, according to Director of Robotics Adrienne Emerson.
    The Robowranglers are preparing their robot “Vader” for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis on April 23-26.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Texas drougnt as of 4-17-2014.jpg Wet Easter Sunday possible

    It may be a wet Easter holiday in North Texas, as thunderstorms are again in the forecast for the weekend.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff's Office Wanted fugitive captured in Ellis County

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Band1.jpg Roaring with pride

    The Greenville High School Lion Pride Band performs well under pressure, according to GHS band director Joel Weisburg

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Royce Tawater.jpg Shooting suspect changes mind on guilty pleas

    On second thought, a local man will leave it up to a jury to decide whether he is guilty of multiple charges in connection with two shootings in Greenville last summer.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

Poll

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Wrestling
Basketball
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track and Field
Softball
Baseball
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice