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A North Texas program is participating in conservation efforts of big cats around the world by understanding the voices of tigers. 

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 The drought’s over for now, but not statewide needs for more water. The Texas Water Development Board votes Thursday (7/23) on loans for projects that address future needs in the state’s water plan. Nine of the 21 applications came from North Texas.

Jeff Walker, Deputy Executive Administrator for the Water Supply and Infrastructure Division of the Texas Water Development Board, says the North Texas projects range from a six-figure wastewater system improvement to a $440 million pipeline project.

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An elementary school in Dallas is tearing up their grass courtyard, and turning it into a garden of native plant that don’t need a sprinkler system. Cochran Elementary is the first of many schools that will see new landscaping as part of a citywide effort to curb water use.

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A Texas environmental group wants state lawmakers to spend more on water conservation programs as a key way to ensure the state has enough water for a growing population. 

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The Sierra Club says one seemingly simple effort could greatly help North Texas meet water conservation goals. 


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Could another Dust Bowl bury drought-prone states like Texas again?  That’s a question raised by a Ken Burns documentary airing last night and tonight on PBS.  In it eyewitnesses recall the terrifying clouds of dust that blanketed Texas and surrounding states in the 1930s.