Groundwater conservation district up and running

Groundwater conservation district up and running

With no funding, no staff and a board of temporary directors, the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District is up and running. The body was created with the intent of monitoring and protecting the area’s supply of groundwater, but it must receive voter approval before it can fully perform its functions. State Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) tried to pass a bill in the last legislative session that would create a groundwater conservation district in the last portion of the Hill…

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As World Eyes Cape Town Water Crisis, Texas Study Explores New Options

As World Eyes Cape Town Water Crisis, Texas Study Explores New Options

It’s a resource so precious that human life can’t be sustained without it, yet so common most of us take it for granted. But water is becoming scarce, a growing problem stemming from wasteful usage and exacerbated by climate change. Cape Town, South Africa, is bracing for Day Zero, when its municipal water supply runs out – likely June 4. Closer to home, Los Angeles endured a record-setting, 3-year drought that ended, just barely, last year, while Georgia and Florida are locked in a…

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Texas Water Challenges film series premiers

Texas Water Challenges film series premiers

The Texas Water Roundtable has premiered the short film series, Texas Water Challenges. Five ten-minute films on contemporary water issues impacting Texas – water pricing and economics, new water, surface/groundwater coordination, water education, and Texas water challenges overview. The films were released January 2018 and will premiere at the State Capital Annex Auditorium on April 11th from 1-3pm. Click links below to watch: · Feature film all five topics (60 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250315889 · Texas Water Challenges (10 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250203877 · Water Economics and…

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Keep sewage out of Hill Country creeks

Keep sewage out of Hill Country creeks

Dripping Springs is a good 90-minute drive to the north of San Antonio, but the flow of water connects this region even as water fights divide it. In this case, Dripping Springs is pursuing a permit that would allow it to discharge up to a million gallons of treated effluent a day into Onion Creek. Onion Creek is in the Edwards Aquifer contributing zone, meaning its headwaters eventually recharge the aquifer. While state law makes it illegal to discharge sewage…

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Uvalde joins water lawsuit against San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Authority

Uvalde joins water lawsuit against San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Authority

The city of Uvalde has joined the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The lawsuit seeks to protect residents and businesses in the Uvalde County area from what plaintiffs contend is an unfair attempt by the authority to take their water. The lawsuit was filed on Jan. 16 in district court in Uvalde County. Officials with the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District said the legal action was taken partly…

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Meadows Center Reports Groundwater Significant To Pedernales River Flow

Meadows Center Reports Groundwater Significant To Pedernales River Flow

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University has released a series of reports that indicate groundwater provides a significant contribution of flow to the Pedernales River and Lake Travis. The Pedernales River is an important source of water to Lake Travis, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the City of Austin and many other downstream municipalities along the Colorado River. As part of a larger study to answer “How Much Water is…

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Drippings Springs wastewater proposal may impact local wells

Drippings Springs wastewater proposal may impact local wells

The creek eventually flows into Barton Creek and into the Edwards Aquifer, where Austin sources its drinking water. The latest study by the Hays Trinity Ground Water Conservation District used pink dye to trace the water to nearby wells. At least three wells were impacted. “There are more than 200 water supply wells near or downstream from the proposed sewage effluent discharge within a mile of Onion Creek. Four of these are public supply wells. If treated sewage is discharged into…

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Uvalde County water district sues over change in Edwards Aquifer rules

Uvalde County water district sues over change in Edwards Aquifer rules

The Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District is suing the Edwards Aquifer Authority over water-rights rules that the district said would threaten the amount of groundwater available to property owners west of San Antonio.  The lawsuit centers on a long-standing EAA “conversion rule” and recent amendments that stipulate when water rights historically used for agriculture can be transferred to other uses, such as development of businesses or residential subdivisions.  A lawyer for the district said in a release that the…

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Dye tests show connection between Onion Creek and Middle Trinity

Dye tests show connection between Onion Creek and Middle Trinity

Initial results from an ongoing study have found Onion Creek is “hydrologically connected” to the Middle Trinity Aquifer, according to a memo to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD). Doug Wierman, an independent geoscientist working with the Meadows Center in San Marcos, said the results show an important connection that could have an impact on the area. “It confirms that whatever is in the creek can get into the aquifer,” Wierman said… Read more from Hays Free Press

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Water 101 – Boerne Native Plant Society Of Texas Chapter Meeting

Water 101 – Boerne Native Plant Society Of Texas Chapter Meeting

Boerne Native Plant Society of Texas Chapter Meeting February 6 at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne will feature Water 101. Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource.  But water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population. How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future? There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children…

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