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FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

This just in from Guadalupe Blanco River Authority spokesperson LaMarriol Smith:

SEGUIN — Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) directors approved the purchase of vintage San Marcos River water rights from the family of the late Ed Cape, who was a former GBRA general manager and instrumental in getting Canyon Reservoir constructed in the early 1960s.

The two purchased water rights are among the oldest on the San Marcos River dating back to September 1985 and May 1905. Totaling about 30 acre-feet per year, the directors approved the purchase price of $8,500 per acre-foot from Thornton Family Investments L.P., a company whose members include J.R. Thornton, Mary Louise Cape Thornton, Robert Edward Thornton and Russell Cape Thornton.

“This water rights purchase is significant for a number of reasons, with one of the most significant being that priority dates that old will GBRA ‘standing’ in almost any water right issue that comes up on the San Marcos River,” GBRA general manager Bill West Jr. said.

West explained that the water rights represented a diversion of 70 acre-feet annually with an impoundment of 10 acre feet in Hays County on the San Marcos River near the Interstate 35 crossing. These vintage rights at one time were used for agricultural-based growth in the San Marcos area.

COVER: The San Marcos River at Cape’s Dam. SAN MARCOS MERCURY FILE PHOTO. © 2012, JAMIE MALDONADO PHOTOGRAPHY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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