Edwards Aquifer Plan Gets High Honor at Turbulent Time

Texas Tribune, January 16, 2014

A plan developed by officials across south-central Texas to balance the interests of millions of the state’s water users with a federal mandate to protect endangered species has received a high-profile award. But the plan may not succeed if the most severe drought in recent memory continues.

The coveted Partners in Conservation Award is given personally by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to only a few recipients nationwide each year. But those who worked on the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Plan, which was approved in 2013 after several years of work, are accepting the honor at what may be the most turbulent time for the aquifer and the authority that regulates it since 1993.

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Opposition Grows to Val Verde Water Plan

San Antonio Express News, January 13, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Opposition to a proposal to pump billions of gallons of water from Southwest Texas to San Antonio is multiplying.

Last month, the Laredo City Council and the Zapata County Commissioners Court passed resolutions opposing V.V. Water Co.’s proposal, one of three the San Antonio Water System is considering for a long-term water supply deal.

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When Regulation is a Texan’s Best Friend

Hell's Oasis, December 27, 2013

Val Verde is a place that few Texans visit. As a result, most of us miss out on the raw beauty of our state: Val Verde is that rare jewel of a place where aquamarine water flows in the desert.

As much as 40 billion gallons a year of that water is up for sale, thanks to the efforts of Val Verde Water Company (an outfit run by John Littlejohn of Beeville, Texas, some four hours east of Val Verde).

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Devils River Could Feel Impact of Hunt for Water

Texas Tribune, November 28, 2013

DOLAN FALLS PRESERVE — Along U.S. Highway 277 headed north from Del Rio, not far from the Mexican border, canyons flecked with green tower over the desert landscape.

The rugged country is some of the most breathtaking, and untouched, in all of Texas. Those who have studied the area say that hundreds of generations of indigenous tribespeople lived on this land, drawn to the caves that provided shelter from storms and enemies, the abundant plants and wildlife, the flint deposits in the rock that could be used for tools and weapons, and the sparkling Devils River, which snakes through the terrain.

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Texas Courts Start to Fill in the Blanks on Groundwater Law

September 05, 2013

About eighteen months ago, the Texas Supreme Court issued a historic ruling on groundwater law.  In Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) v. Day, the Day family and others sued the EAA claiming that the EAA’s regulation of the aquifer, which limited the landowner’s right to pump groundwater, violated their constitutional rights because the landowner owns the […]

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Along Canadian River, Concerns About Drought and Fish

Texas Tribune, September 5, 2013

AMARILLO — By an interstate overpass along the languid Canadian River near Amarillo, off-road vehicles zooming by are a common sight.

“They get in the river and run up and down it,” said Gene Wilde, a professor of biology at Texas Tech University. It’s legal, he said, but “they’re not supposed to get in the water. Technically, if there was a federal marshal out here, that is harassing the fish.”

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An Honest Conversation About Fracing Requires Honest Facts

August 20, 2013

Perhaps the most discussed environmental challenge these days is hydraulic fracturing or “fracing”.  You don’t have to look far to find documentaries, debates, websites and articles on both sides of the issue.  Fracing raises a wide-range of environmental issues, spanning from air quality to wildlife disruption.  In water challenged regions, such as parts of the […]

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