New Report Shows That Vista Ridge Project Would Harm Aquifer Levels

New Report Shows That Vista Ridge Project Would Harm Aquifer Levels

A new report written by groundwater hydrologist, George Rice, uses the state’s own Groundwater Availability Model to predict that the Vista Ridge water supply project would drop water levels and hydraulic (water) pressure hundreds of feet in the Simsboro and Carrizo aquifers.  The state’s model also predicts that Vista Ridge pumping would reduce contributions of groundwater to streamflow in the Colorado and Brazos rivers as pumping increases.  Unfortunately the state’s model is not well-suited to predict how much stream flows…

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Texas Water Symposium – The San Antonio/Vista Ridge Pipeline:  Regional Considerations of a Potential Municipal Water Supply Project

Texas Water Symposium – The San Antonio/Vista Ridge Pipeline: Regional Considerations of a Potential Municipal Water Supply Project

An upcoming Texas Water Symposium (download flyer), set for October 21 in San Antonio will take a close look at the SAWS/Vista Ridge pipeline project. The program will feature a conversation about the regional, financial and ecological considerations of the 142-mile pipeline. The Texas Water Symposium is free, open to the public, and will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, in the Main Building of The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1 UTSA Circle,…

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Controversial Water Report to Get Peer Review

Controversial Water Report to Get Peer Review

  • September 30, 2015
  • News

Calvin Finch, the lead author of what has become a controversial report on long-term water management and conservation in San Antonio and Fair Oaks Ranch, stands by his work. His still-unreleased report has become the talk of the water community, even if only a handful of people have read it. Finch said he submitted his team’s final draft of the document on Monday to the City’sPlanning and Community Development Department and Texas A&M’s Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR). Meanwhile, some reports indicate his name…

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Vista Ridge study making San Antonio headlines

Vista Ridge study making San Antonio headlines

“City has suppressed controversial water report…Report slams pricey water project City has kept it hidden despite coming vote on SAWS rates,”  “Lead writer of water study replaced,”  “Puente: Water policy study a ‘joke’…SAWS boss tears into water policy study” and “Another water report goes missing.” These stories by Brian Chasnoff at the San Antonio Express News, along with the study itself are worth your time. Water Policy Study in draft form dated September 22nd   City has suppressed controversial water…

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Next Steps for San Antonio’s Vista Ridge Project

Last week, the San Antonio City Council unanimously voted to move forward with the Vista Ridge Project that plans to bring 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater from Burleson County to the city. Because of our many concerns with this project, the vote was a disappointment, but last Thursday’s Council deliberation did stir some positives worth discussing. Read more from Texas Living Waters.

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The Vista Ridge Pipeline – a regional game changer

“The project is much too important and costly for San Antonio not to have a full and complete understanding about the reliability of the groundwater supply.” Read more from this open-letter by Dr. Curtis Chubb, rancher and groundwater expert, published in the Rivard Report. Citizens have the opportunity to address the San Antonio City Council each Wednesday at 6:00 pm. The Alamo Group of the Sierra Club has created a clearinghouse of articles and reports to keep you informed. SA…

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Community groups question the rush to approve SAWS Vista Ridge Pipeline

“The 522 page draft contract for this $3.4 billion deal was posted on-line on September 23rd, giving the SAWS Board and the public less than a week to review a deal that will have far reaching implications for our community, including an estimated 16% rate hike for SAWS customers.” Read more from GEAA. As Margaret Day of the Alamo Sierra Club points out “to be sustainable, aquifer drawdown should be no greater than recharge.” Read this opinion piece from the…

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