Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski writes about water, music, Texas, and other subjects from his home near Wimberley. Texas Coast, his second collaborative book with photographer Laurence Parent is being published by the University of Texas this fall.

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Playing By The Rule

by Joe Nick Patoski | Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 15:56 CST
Groundwater is covered by an archaic law that could leave us high and dry.

Full Stream Ahead

With an environmental lawyer newly installed at the helm, the Lower Colorado River Authority charts a course between growth and good sense.

Joe Beal Jr. sat in the boardroom of the Lower Colorado River Authority headquarters in Austin talking about how impressed he was with China. A year earlier, as LCRA general manager, he had traveled to see the recently completed Three … Read More


Park and Parcel

The underfunded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department struggles to sell itself

Last summer, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioners contemplated selling off 46,000 acres of Big Bend Ranch State Park, the largest state park in Texas, to John Poindexter, the Houston businessman who owns the nearby Cibolo Creek Ranch luxury resort. … Read More


The Boys with the Bands

For the past 19 winters, Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro, and Louis Black have spent their Friday afternoons plotting and planning South By Southwest, a cool idea they came up with based on getting a bunch of bands and music people … Read More


Far Out Far West Texas

Mythic Texas gives way to Montana chic

When the bumpy dirt road to this Far West Texas ghost town was coated with asphalt four years ago, Terlingua became convenient. Its days as a sleepy, unpretentious, off-the-beaten-path reinvented mining town were over. All along Farm to Market Road … Read More


Seadrift Nation

“Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight For Seadrift, Texas While working on an oral history project called “The Voices of Civil Rights,” I spent a year traveling around the country, collecting dozens of personal … Read More


The Only Honest Lake in Texas

It looks like a winner has emerged in the struggle for Caddo Lake

A table full of good ol’ boys and good ol’ girls are having a hoot over lunch at Dawn’s, under the bridge where State Highway 43 crosses the western edge of Caddo Lake. One in the crowd claims he’s been … Read More