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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Commentary: Let’s base Hays County water policy on science, not guesswork

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley writes that he will ask the county judge and fellow commissioners to help fund an initiative to “develop the science and monitoring that we need to make informed decisions” about groundwater pumping from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers in Hays County.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Barton Springs conservation district drafts new Trinity Aquifer pumping rules

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District officials have established guidelines for groundwater pumping in a previously unregulated portion of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Hays County groundwater bill becomes law

Closing a 170.8-square-mile loophole in local groundwater regulation, legislation that dramatically expands the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District became law on Sunday.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Texas House passes bill to regulate Electro Purification well field

Expansion of the boundaries of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to cover a section of unprotected groundwater in Hays County is one step closer to becoming law, according to a statement from State Rep. Jason...

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Mass meeting planned on Trinity Aquifer commercial pumping

The Hays County Commissioners Court has invited representatives from more than a dozen cities and regulatory agencies to what promises to be a packed public meeting Thursday on groundwater, particularly a commercial well field in the Trinity...

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Hays County groundwater war brewing over Trinity Aquifer ‘no-man’s land’

WITH INTERACTIVE MAP | A crack in Texas' mishmash groundwater regulatory framework is allowing a water company to pump a huge amount of water from underneath Hays County with virtually no oversight.

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Letter: ‘Rule of capture’ shouldn’t be absolute for commercial groundwater pumpers

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner WILL CONLEY writes that a for-profit company’s efforts to develop a commercial well field over an un-regulated patch of the Trinity Aquifer warrants ‘a great deal of concern.’

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Major controlled burn could send smoke Buda’s way

The city of Austin plans a large-scale controlled burn west of Buda on 450 acres of the conservation property the city’s water utility manages in northern Hays County.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Drought has Hays County farmers fighting for survival

Farmers in and near Hays County are harvesting a meager, drought-scorched crop of corn this month, and they’re praying against the odds that rain will come and save the area’s other cash crop, cotton.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Hays County teeters on edge of another drought

Only two years removed from one of the worst droughts in half a century, might the parched landscape of Central Texas be inching toward yet another extended dry spell?

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