2010 Water Quality News

August 9, 2010

TCEQ Draws Flak for Studies That Might Result in Weaker Water Quality Standards

The efforts of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to weaken water quality standards for numerous Texas streams through so-called “recreational use” studies were dealt a serious setback Thursday night in the small community of Kosciusko southeast of San Antonio when over 300 residents of Wilson, Karnes, and neighboring counties turned out to demand better water quality for their local stream, Lower Cibolo Creek. Read full storyhere.

July 2, 2010

Groups rally to keep high water quality

A request in 2008 by the City of Burnet to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to amend its wastewater permit would more than double its discharge rate into Hamilton Creek, which feeds into Lake Travis. Read full Community Impact article here.

July 1, 2010

Must read about LCRA, the Highland Lakes and Water Planning in Texas

“The LCRA is in a precarious and powerful position as both river steward and water marketer. The same agency endowed with protecting the Colorado River, also funds itself by selling its water.” Read the full article by Ian Dile, Texas Observer here.

May 5, 2010

Landowners oppose increasing effluent into creek

Increasingly, the deck seems to be stacked against them, but a group of landowners, residents and business owners along Hamilton Creek in the southern part of Burnet County are making a belated attempt to combat the city of Burnet’s effort to be allowed to dramatically increase the amount of effluent it can discharge into the creek. Read full Highlander article here.