Public Hearing and Council Agenda item about San Antonio’s water policy Thursday evening

Public Hearing and Council Agenda item about San Antonio’s water policy Thursday evening

  • November 11, 2015
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San Antonio City Council will discuss the findings of the highly publicized water policy report this Thursday November the 12th during City Council which begins at 9am. Agenda item number four will be a briefing on the San Antonio Water Policy Study commissioned by the city to study the various aspects of the city’s future water planning and policy including the Vista Ridge project. A public hearing will begin at 6pm on that same report.  The public may register to…

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Water Forum VI: Vista Ridge, Conservation, Rate Increase

Water Forum VI: Vista Ridge, Conservation, Rate Increase

The $3.4 billion Vista Ridge water pipeline, water conservation, the Nov. 19 City Council vote on a new rate increase and structure that will result in reduced bills for low usage and higher bills for big water users dominated the conversation at the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum‘s sixth annual water forum staged before a sold-out luncheon crowd at the Pearl Stable on Monday. Mayor Ivy Taylor, who delivered opening remarks, asked for audience and community support for the rate increase and…

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Vista Ridge pipeline the focus at Texas Water Symposium

Vista Ridge pipeline the focus at Texas Water Symposium

“Whether the Vista Ridge pipeline will soften the city’s efforts to encourage residents to use less water is just one of a variety of concerns that have surfaced ahead of the city council’s vote on a water rate increase to help pay for it.” Texas Tribune’s Kiah Collier captures highlights from the Texas Water Symposium. “One fuel for those critical flames was the city’s decision to delay releasing Finch’s critical study, a draft copy of which says the project could…

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New Questions Face San Antonio Water Pipeline

New Questions Face San Antonio Water Pipeline

Nearly a year after the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved what could be the most expensive water project in the region’s history, some council members appear to be having doubts. Dubbed the Vista Ridge Project, the $3 billion-plus venture would pipe in 16 billion gallons of groundwater annually from Burleson County in Central Texas, about 142 miles away. The San Antonio Water System and many of the city’s business leaders say the project is crucial to a secure future, but environmental…

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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
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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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