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Declining Texas springs – risks for water supplies

Many of the underground water stores often critical to life in Texas, where rain is rare and the sun beats out of a pitiless sky, are running dry. Across the state, water gushes out of nearly 300 springs — a hidden array of reservoirs that creates creeks, rivers and swimming holes, and that once made agriculture in the western half of the state possible. But 30 percent of these historic springs are now dry — nearly three times as many as in the 1970s, according to a report from one of the state’s leading water research institutes.

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