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Austin Mayor proclaims March 31st as Craig Smith Day in honor of HCA friend and long-time water quality advocate

In honor of Craig Smith’s tireless efforts to help initiate the Barton Springs Zone Regional Water Quality Protection Plan and lead the working group, the City of Austin has recognized the achievement that provided a framework for local governments to adopt standards premised on the belief that water quality is vital to every person, by appointing March 31st as Craig Smith Day. Congratulations Craig! In December 2002, Hays County Judge Jim Powers and Austin City Council Member Daryl Slusher convened…

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Council will leave pipeline deal changes to SAWS

The San Antonio Water System, not the City Council, will retain sole control over who will develop a massive water pipeline to eventually supply up to 20 percent of the city’s water. The issue came up in a Wednesday meeting of the San Antonio City Council’s governance committee seven weeks after District 8 Councilman Nirenberg filed a formal request for council members to vote on a plan to shift control of the project to a new investor. Nirenberg, Mayor Ivy…

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Mayor faces ethics complaint over pipeline, political contributions

A member of the Sierra Club’s Alamo Group has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Ivy Taylor, alleging she inappropriately accepted campaign contributions from the owners of Pape-Dawson Engineers, who were involved in contract negotiations for the controversial Vista Ridge water pipeline. Gay Wright, a member of the group’s executive committee, filed the complaint Thursday alleging that Taylor violated the city’s ethics code by accepting contributions from political contributors who stand to gain financially from the Vista Ridge contract. The…

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Spain’s Abengoa SA Obtains Backing From Creditors To Evade Bankruptcy

Spanish energy company Abengoa SA (NASDAQ:ABGB) has obtained the support of about 75% of its lenders to reorganize its large debt and ask for additional time from the judiciary for negotiations targeted at preventing bankruptcy as per a document. The organization having a EUR9.4 billion ($10.5 billion) debt amount is in pre-solvency talks and would be Spain’s biggest ever bankruptcy if it doesn’t reach a compromise with lenders as well as bondholders. Abengoa has a deadline of March 28 to…

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Garney Construction Taking Over Vista Ridge Water Pipeline

Garney Construction Taking Over Vista Ridge Water Pipeline

Missouri-based Garney Construction is now the owner of the Vista Ridge water pipeline project after attorneys representing the construction firm, former owner Abengoa Vista Ridge, and other partners came to an agreement on Tuesday afternoon. Garney was already a construction partner but will now be in charge of operations, maintenance, and financing of the project. The announcement comes just days before the March 28 deadline for the subsidiary of Abengoa Sociedad Anónima, the Spanish renewable energy and engineering conglomerate that filed for protection from its…

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Environmental Group Sues Water Pipeline Partner For Information

Environmental group sues water pipeline partner for information

Arguing that partners in a proposed multibillion-dollar water pipeline proposed for Austin’s eastern flank should divulge more information about the workings of the project, an Austin environmental group has filed an open records lawsuit in state District Court. The Save Our Springs Alliance is suing the nonprofit Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corp. to force it to hand over information about the pipeline route and pump stations, copies of the meeting minutes for the corporation’s board of directors, and correspondence…

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Public comment period on draft 2017 State Water Plan is now open

Your voice matters! Texas Water Development Board is taking public comment on the draft 2017 State Water Plan. Here is HCA’s Water Planning page with a good explanation of the state water planning process, our written Public Comments for the proposed 2017 plan, and a sample set of comments that you may use as a template. Please submit your comments to PUBLIC-COMMENT@twdb.texas.gov. The public comment period for the Draft 2017 State Water Plan is now open. The Texas Water Development…

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Purchase Of Texas Water Alliance Moves GBRA Closer To Starting Mid-Basin Project

Purchase of Texas Water Alliance Moves GBRA Closer to Starting Mid-Basin Project

In a deal that will pave the way for Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) officials to fulfill the groundwater component of its Mid-Basin Project, the GBRA Board of Directors approved the river authority’s purchase of Texas Water Alliance Limited (TWA), from SJW Corp. Authorization of the GBRA general manager to execute the $31 million purchase of the TWA assets and to conduct business related to the sale was approved following the Executive Session of the Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, board meeting. …

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In Major Water Case, Win for Ranchers is Loss For Cities

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday handed a victory to farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders by declining to take up a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas. Denying a state petition for review, the justices left in place a lower court’s ruling that said Texas cannot give special treatment to cities or power generators over more “senior” water rights holders on parched rivers — even if the state declares it…

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Pecan farmers at the center of historic groundwater case

A Medina County jury will decide this week how much the Edwards Aquifer Authority should pay a pecan-farming couple for limiting the water they can pump from below their land. The lawsuit involving farmers Glenn and JoLynn Bragg has been in litigation for 10 years. The case is the first one in Texas history where someone has sued a government agency for limiting groundwater and won... Read more from SA Express-News

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