Stormwaters Brewing on the Llano River

  • February 3, 2015
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“I am a rural Texan family farmer. I am a downstream stakeholder/landowner. I have surface water rights that run with my land. These rights and this river I guard intensely, for they are integral to my livelihood and my children’s future. As some say, they are “golden.” “…The system is broken when we cannot protect our most basic elemental resource – clean water.” Read more from Bill Neiman in his article published in TWA’s Texas Wildlife Magazine.

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GEAA making a difference in and around San Antonio

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance (GEAA) has consistently opposed utility service contracts for new developments in the Edwards Aquifer watershed. Of particular concern are contracts for sewer service, which allow for much higher density development and have the potential to pollute the Aquifer with high volume sewage leaks. Find out how you can get involved and influence the upcoming SAWS board agenda, July 17th. Learn more from GEAA.

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Water quality training July 17 in Dripping Springs to focus on Onion Creek

  • June 15, 2014
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June 23, 2014 Download Flyer DRIPPING SPRINGS – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality issues related to Onion Creek and Barton Springs will be held from 1-5 p.m. July 17 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 DS Ranch Rd. in Dripping Springs. The training is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the Hill Country region, said program coordinators. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website athttp://tws.tamu.edu. The workshop…

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City Wastewater Discharge May Threaten Clear-running Creeks and Water Wells

  • April 17, 2014
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by Vicki Wolf (April 17, 2014) Some water experts believe Hill Country clear-running creeks and streams may soon be a thing of the past if cities are permitted to discharge treated wastewater directly into creeks such as Onion Creek. Water wells may also become contaminated. The sprawling Belterra subdivision was the first entity to be permitted for wastewater discharges into a contributing zone of the Barton Springs part of the Edwards Aquifer. Almost a decade ago, Belterra received a permit…

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Gravel pit proposed near Guadalupe River

  • March 4, 2014
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Commissioners seemed to agree they don’t have much chance of preventing the pit, even though it is in the 100-year floodplain, where land modifications require the county’s approval. The county must approve the proposal if the company submits plans to the county indicating the new pit won’t cause sedimentation in the river. Read more from Sean Batura at the Kerrville Daily Times.

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Chemical Spill in West Virginia shows the vulnerability of our water supplies

  • January 27, 2014
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 January 21, 2014 American Rainwater Catchment Association Value of Rainwater Catchment Systems RAINWATER HARVESTING CAN CREATE SAFE, DECENTRALIZED WATER SUPPLIES The disastrous chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia’s water supply reinforced the value of harvesting rainwater to provide distributed sources of safe water. The mission of the 501(c)3 nonprofit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA.org) is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. A well-designed, installed and maintained rainwater…

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2013 Water Quality News

December 18, 2013 The Examiner speaks of direct discharge as a Hill Country “Land Heist.” “Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.” Link to this alarming article by Terry Hall here. Direct discharge…

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2013 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2013
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December 18, 2013 The Examiner speaks of direct discharge as a Hill Country “Land Heist.” “Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.” Link to this alarming article by Terry Hall here. Direct discharge permits are…

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2012 Water Quality News

December 3, 2012 Students map spills over recharge zone A new interactive map created by students at Texas State University shows where sewer line breaks and overflows have dumped sewage over the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer in Bexar County since 2004. More from SA Express-News. November 13, 2012 TX SWCDS Express Concern Over Current Sand Mining Operations Texas soil and water conservation district directors representing 216 Texas SWCDs attending their 72nd Annual Meeting October 29-31 in Bastrop unanimously…

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