Do Landowners Have Right to Protest Proposed Water Project?

Do Landowners Have Right to Protest Proposed Water Project?

An interesting legal question has arisen in Bastrop County recently that could have impacts on groundwater law and landowner rights across Texas. Background: In 2013, Recharge Water (formerly End Op) applied for a permit from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (GCD) to withdraw 56,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Bastrop and Lee Counties.  The company planned to export the water for sale in Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties, although no…

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Vulcan faces fight over projects in Comal and Kendall counties

Vulcan faces fight over projects in Comal and Kendall counties

  • March 7, 2018
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Constructing roads, homes and bridges requires rock and concrete, so it’s understandable that Vulcan Materials wants to set up shop in the fast-growing Hill Country, where rolling ranchlands are quickly being developed into new subdivisions. But Vulcan, the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, is facing stiff resistance to plans to establish a limestone quarry on Texas 46 here in Comal County and a concrete batch plant on the same road to the west in Kendall County. Vulcan isn’t the…

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City Council to Consider Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

City Council to Consider Outdoor Lighting Ordinance

  • March 7, 2018
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The Blanco City Council soon will be asked to consider a complete revision of the city’s outdoor lighting ordinance. The revision, still in draft, will address perceived deficiencies in the city’s current ordinance that has been in effect since February 2006, when it was adopted as part of the Blanco’s Unified Development Code (UDC). “The proposed revision addresses many of the ambiguities of the current ordinance and will ensure that our local outdoor lighting will no longer shine upward to…

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Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District cancels confirmation and board elections, citing funding concerns

Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District cancels confirmation and board elections, citing funding concerns

After a month and a half of planning and securing election funding on Tuesday from Travis County Commissioner’s Court,the temporary board for the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District unexpectedly voted in a unanimous decision Friday afternoon to cancel the district’s confirmation and board elections. “The county offered to give us a loan for the election but we had no idea what the loan terms were, and really don’t have the data to be able to know when we would be…

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How an endangered salamander forced a Texan city to save water

How an endangered salamander forced a Texan city to save water

  • March 7, 2018
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When it comes to water, San Antonio may be the world’s most forward-thinking city. But it learned to conserve a precious resource the hard way – and from an unlikely teacher This weekend in San Antonio, a new park is opening in one of the poorer neighborhoods just south of downtown, at a spot where two spring-fed rivers meet. The $13m, three-acre Confluence Park has huge concrete flower petals that will gather rainwater for reuse, and will house educational facilities…

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Community members protest permit for proposed Vulcan Quarry

Community members protest permit for proposed Vulcan Quarry

  • March 7, 2018
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Annalisa Peace | Greater Edwards Aquifer Authority | Around 500 Comal County citizens recently attended a TCEQ meeting at the New Braunfels Civic Center to protest a permit for a new Vulcan Quarry proposed for the intersection of FM 3009 and Hwy 46. Vulcan Materials Company applied for the permit in 2017, sparking a wave of protests by Comal County homeowners who fear the operation will negatively affect their quality of life, impact air and water quality, and damage the…

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Dripping Springs dumping permit battle could be headed to state court

Dripping Springs dumping permit battle could be headed to state court

  • March 7, 2018
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Two and a half years into a protracted battle between the city of Austin, environmental groups and the city of Dripping Springs over whether the Hays County city should be allowed to dump treated sewage into Onion Creek, a state commission will likely decide Wednesday whether to send the matter to an administrative law judge. The issue first arose in 2015 when Dripping Springs, the rapidly growing Hays County city, requested the permit to expand its sewage plant and allow it to…

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