Photos in the July 2014 issue
This Month's Features
Texas cities are embracing their rivers again.
By Russell Roe
In 1718, Spanish missions started to appear along the San Antonio River near its headwaters. In 1836, the Allen brothers staked out a spot along Buffalo Bayou and named it after Sam Houston. In 1841, John Neely Bryan founded Dallas when he built his cabin near the Trinity River. Farther west, Maj. Ripley S. Arnold established a frontier fort, Fort Worth, at the confluence of two forks of the Trinity.
Texas cities were built on rivers. But for decades, many cities have abused or ignored their rivers — straightening them, walling them off with levees and using them as dumping grounds. Many residents never felt connected to them.
The sand and surf of Padre Island National Seashore create a place of isolation and beauty.
By Chase A. Fountain
As a photographer for this magazine, I get to explore every corner of the state. There are treasures to behold in every city, town and rural area. Out of all these, one continues to hold my fascination: Padre Island National Seashore.
When there’s not enough for all, who gets water from the Colorado River?
By Jenna Craig
As the population of Texas grows, so does our need for water. But with the glass half-empty, who will have a say in distributing what’s left? It’s a dilemma that’s pitting Texan against Texan in a war with no real winners.
Four years after Gulf oil spill, some Texas restoration projects are set to begin.
By Sheryl Smith-Rodgers
For weeks, the news reports horrified us. Would the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil blowout — located nearly 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico — ever be stopped? Not only had 11 men died when the offshore drilling platform exploded April 20, 2010, but efforts to plug the gushing pipe on the ocean floor kept failing. Finally, 87 days later, crews with BP and the U.S. Coast Guard announced that they’d successfully capped the well.
Four years later, litigation associated with the worst oil spill in U.S. history still remains in court. Some cases — namely those against BP — could take years to resolve. So, until then, we won’t know exactly how much Texas will receive in compensation for any damage linked to the nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil released into the Gulf.