Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

Officials in Hays County cities and others along the Interstate 35 corridor are moving forward with a $225.8 million deal to secure a long-term water supply for the rapidly growing region. The coalition of agencies has permits in hand and financing underway to start construction next year on a 95-mile pipeline to pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart in Caldwell County. The pipeline will bring an additional 13 million gallons of water per day to San Marcos,…

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Backed by private capital, company plans heavy pumping in Trinity Aquifer

Backed by private capital, company plans heavy pumping in Trinity Aquifer

A local company’s plan to pump more water from the sensitive Trinity Aquifer to supply fast-growing northern Bexar and southern Comal counties is raising concerns after a New York private equity firm announced its financial support. Brightstar Capital Partners said earlier this month it had chosen Texas Water Supply Co. LLC, or TWS, as its second “platform investment” in Texas. A website for Texas Water Supply Co. states it controls nearly 40 Trinity wells in two clusters — one just south of…

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Private equity firm invests in business that sells water in the Texas Hill Country

Private equity firm invests in business that sells water in the Texas Hill Country

Money is flowing into a local water business to make more drinking water available and plug projected shortages as the Texas Hill Country’s population swells. A new company launched by a prominent rural Texas land broker in San Antonio, Harold Trip DuPerier III, secured significant capital from a New York City-based private equity investment firm, the companies announced. Local water well operator Texas Water Supply Company LLC was formed in early October with its governing agent as DBT Investments LP, which was…

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Pumping impacts to Devils River

Pumping impacts to Devils River

Video: A geoscience team from Southwest Research Institute recently completed a study on the long-term effects of groundwater pumping near Devils River, one of the state’s last pristine rivers. They found that the river relies heavily on natural springs from the Trinity-Edwards Aquifer in Southwest Texas. The headwaters moved 10 miles downstream since the 1960s. Watch video at KLRN.com

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Study links groundwater with surface water in Devils River

Study links groundwater with surface water in Devils River

A Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) study provides detailed models linking groundwater in a Texas aquifer to the surface flows in one of the state’s most pristine rivers. The study shows how karstic pathways of the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer follow the same channels as the Devils River watershed, creating natural springs that sustain the river. “Natural springs play the major role in sustaining flows in rivers located in a semi-arid climate that experiences extended dry periods,” said Ron Green, the SwRI scientist…

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Photographer turns lens on our ‘complex, disconnected’ relationship with water

Photographer turns lens on our ‘complex, disconnected’ relationship with water

Mustafah Abdulaziz is a former Wall Street Journal photographer who left the media world to pursue a global, 15-year project exploring our “complex” relationship with water. He has visited 11 countries — including Brazil, China, Nigeria, India and Pakistan — to highlight how water is both a source of life and struggle for communities. “I see pollution into the natural world, I see misuse of our resources,” he told News Breakfast… Read more from ABC News

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Groundwater Ownership in Texas

Groundwater is an integral part of the land, and private landowners have a vested ownership interest in the groundwater below the surface of their land. The Texas Constitution and more than 100 years of case law support this position. Secure, protectable property rights best assure conservation and stewardship of all resources, including groundwater. Not only does this provide the landowner a right to produce, but it ensures the ability to conserve groundwater if there is no rush to produce under…

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Groundwater withdrawals may be the cause of disappearing streams in the mid-west (and here!)

Groundwater withdrawals may be the cause of disappearing streams in the mid-west (and here!)

Keith Gido, professor of biology, and Josh Perkin, a Kansas State University alumnus, recently published “Groundwater declines are linked to changes in Great Plains stream fish assemblages” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research maps the loss of stream habitat for many small fish in the Great Plains region and attributes it to declining groundwater sources. “This is one of the first examples that links groundwater depletion to changes in the biotic communities of the river,” Gido…

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TESPA Granted Standing

TESPA Granted Standing

The SOAH administrative law judge recently granted the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association standing to contest Needmore Water, LLC’s proposed permit before the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Many landowner members of TESPA near Needmore Ranch testified about their concern regarding Needmore’s proposed permit and plan to pump over 289,000,000 gallons a year from the Trinity Aquifer. TESPA’s hydrogeologist, Doug Wierman, testified that the proposed permit will potentially impact existing wells… Read more from TESPA

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From the Archives – Silent springs: is it too late to save Hill Country water?

From the Archives – Silent springs: is it too late to save Hill Country water?

Texas Observer (2009) In 2000, Jacob’s Well stopped flowing for the first time in recorded history. Its source sapped, Cypress Creek came to a trickle in Wimberley, and the state added it to a list of streams with impaired water quality. “I think it was a big wake-up call for the community,” Baker says. “If the well is the canary in the coal mine for the aquifer, then the canary was choking and about dead.” The spring ceased flowing again…

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