No Resolution in Sight For Ranchers and Farmers Fighting Over San Saba River

Why is a 40-mile stretch of the San Saba river running dry during the summers? That was the central question at a Texas House Natural Resources Committee hearing in Brady on Wednesday.

As the Observer first reported last year, a significant stretch of the San Saba, a tributary of the Colorado, has run dry every summer from 2011 to 2015 and pitted upstream and downstream neighbors against each other. Irrigators in Menard claim that natural climatic changes, decreasing spring flows and faults in the riverbed have emptied the San Saba. But downstream ranchers in Brady contend that Menard farmers have drilled wells close to the river, pumping it dry… Read more from the Texas Observer