City Wastewater Discharge May Threaten Clear-running Creeks and Water Wells

  • April 17, 2014
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by Vicki Wolf (April 17, 2014) Some water experts believe Hill Country clear-running creeks and streams may soon be a thing of the past if cities are permitted to discharge treated wastewater directly into creeks such as Onion Creek. Water wells may also become contaminated. The sprawling Belterra subdivision was the first entity to be permitted for wastewater discharges into a contributing zone of the Barton Springs part of the Edwards Aquifer. Almost a decade ago, Belterra received a permit…

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Gravel pit proposed near Guadalupe River

  • March 4, 2014
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Commissioners seemed to agree they don’t have much chance of preventing the pit, even though it is in the 100-year floodplain, where land modifications require the county’s approval. The county must approve the proposal if the company submits plans to the county indicating the new pit won’t cause sedimentation in the river. Read more from Sean Batura at the Kerrville Daily Times.

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Chemical Spill in West Virginia shows the vulnerability of our water supplies

  • January 27, 2014
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 January 21, 2014 American Rainwater Catchment Association Value of Rainwater Catchment Systems RAINWATER HARVESTING CAN CREATE SAFE, DECENTRALIZED WATER SUPPLIES The disastrous chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s water supply reinforced the value of harvesting rainwater to provide distributed sources of safe water. The mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA.org) is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. A well-designed, installed and maintained rainwater…

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2013 Water Quality News

December 18, 2013 The Examiner speaks of direct discharge as a Hill Country “Land Heist.” “Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.” Link to this alarming article by Terry Hall here. Direct discharge…

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2013 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2013
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December 18, 2013 The Examiner speaks of direct discharge as a Hill Country “Land Heist.” “Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.” Link to this alarming article by Terry Hall here. Direct discharge permits are…

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2012 Water Quality News

December 3, 2012 Students map spills over recharge zone A new interactive map created by students at Texas State University shows where sewer line breaks and overflows have dumped sewage over the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer in Bexar County since 2004. More from SA Express-News. November 13, 2012 TX SWCDS Express Concern Over Current Sand Mining Operations Texas soil and water conservation district directors representing 216 Texas SWCDs attending their 72nd Annual Meeting October 29-31 in Bastrop unanimously…

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2012 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2012
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December 4, 2012 Wimberley considers wastewater discharge The Wimberley City Council is hosting a meeting Wednesday, December 5th at 6 pm to consider public input about wastewater discharge into Deer Creek. Wimberley creeks flow to the Blanco, which recharges the Edwards Aquifer. Infrastructure decisions about water and roads have long term consequences. Healthy natural resources, flowing clean waters and scenic beauty are all essential components of the Wimberley economy. Helpful resources about water quality in the Hill Country including other debated discharge…

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2011 Water Quality News

  December 28, 2011 Dangers of fracking still becoming clear The word “fracking” may sound funny, but it describes a drilling practice that has created a serious boom in natural gas production in Texas and elsewhere, and with the boom has come serious worries about fracking’s effects on the environment. More from Statesman.com. December 14, 2011 New rules for fracking approved The Texas Railroad Commission approved a rule Tuesday requiring oil and natural gas drillers to disclose most of the…

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2011 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2011
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December 28, 2011 Dangers of fracking still becoming clear The word “fracking” may sound funny, but it describes a drilling practice that has created a serious boom in natural gas production in Texas and elsewhere, and with the boom has come serious worries about fracking’s effects on the environment. More from Statesman.com. December 14, 2011 New rules for fracking approved The Texas Railroad Commission approved a rule Tuesday requiring oil and natural gas drillers to disclose most of the chemicals they…

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