Welcome to Water Tells!

Society has secrets...but WATER tells all!

My name is Lana Straub and I am an independent freelance journalist located in western Texas.  I have been a freelance writer since 2001 and have written for many print and online publications.  I have also had short stories published.  Each year I take a few months out of my schedule to teach writing to elementary school children as an occasional guest instructor.
This is my new blog all about water.  My premise is that water is the truth teller in society.  We can hide our garbage, we can take long showers, we can pollute the earth, but eventually water will tell our story.  Water tells when we use too much, it tells when we pollute it and it tells when we are running out of it.
This blog tells water's stories from how it deals with people from big cities to rural communities, businesses big to small and regulations across the United States and around the world.
I also include links to worthwhile projects from my friends and colleagues that focus on natural resources.  Thanks for tuning in...more to come.

New Short Film Series from Conservation International



Texas Injection Wells as researched and reported by the Texas Tribune

New Environmental Articles just posted

Jane Goodall Speaks at Midland College

There's No Such Thing as a Small Oil Spill

Taking Time to Take Care

Clearing the Air


SEJ 2012 Conference Session on Western Water Management

Mega-drought, population growth, aging infrastructure, managed depletion all spell disaster for our nation's water resources. Water management in the Western United States must deal with these issues as well as the politics of agribusiness, domestic energy development, and municipal long-term sustainability issues. Our panel of experts from science and industry will discuss how all of these issues influence the future of our most precious resource...water.

On October 19, 2012, I had the honor and privilege of hosting four amazing experts during a conference session where they discussed with me the most crucial issues facing Western Water Management.  

Kristen Averyt, Associate Director for Science (Acting), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder
Sherry Stephens, Executive Aide, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District #1, Lubbock, Texas
Sharlene Leurig, Senior Manager, Water and Insurance Programs, Ceres
Judy Reeves, Senior Hydrogeologist, Cirrus Associates

You can find the official SEJ conference coverage here - Coverage.

Click here to watch the video of that panel which was filmed by my friend and professional photographer, Alison Jones.