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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

San Antonio mulls $3 billion water supply project

San Antonio's water utility is negotiating to eventually pipe in 16 billion gallons of water a year from Burleson County in Central Texas. Officials say the plan is key to securing future water needs, but several questions about the proposal remain unanswered.

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

State casts doubt on San Antonio’s ‘bed and banks’ wastewater reuse plan

Several months after San Antonio Water System's bold move to secure ownership of its treated sewer water even after it gets released back into a public waterway, state regulators are saying they doubt that’s possible.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

San Antonio shelves groundwater projects

More than three years after San Antonio Water System asked the private sector to develop plans for a new water supply for the growing region, the utility has decided not to use any of them.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

San Antonio seeks ‘bed and banks’ ownership of wastewater discharge

Purified wastewater discharged into the San Antonio River eventually ends up is San Antonio Bay. PHOTO by CLINT ROBERTSON by NEENA SATIJA A bid by San Antonio’s water utility to declare ownership of the sewage it treats...

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

With Prop 6 approved, plans remain uncertain

Now that Texas voters have agreed to spend $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to finance water supply projects, legislators say the state finally has some money to carry out its longstanding water plan.

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

LCRA chief announces resignation

Becky Motal, the general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority, announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of this year.

Friday, December 30th, 2011

EAA approves plan for San Marcos endangered species

Implementation of a multi-million dollar regional plan to protect endangered species in San Marcos and New Braunfels passed a major milestone Wednesday and now awaits the approval of the federal government.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Letter to the editor: Pollution and Paso Robles

In this letter to the editor, the San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF) argues that the proposed Paso Robles development, which is to be taken up Tuesday night by the San Marcos City Council, poses the threat of...

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

San Marcos residents rise against EAA fees, fines

San Marcos residents, saying they are being unfairly imposed upon by the Edwards Aquifer Authority, have formed an opposition group after learning that they had to buy water rights to pump from wells they had owned for...

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

State planning could close river for rec use

The decline of Texas Wild Rice, which grows naturally only in the San Marcos River, could motivate state aquifer protection planners to pressure the city into closing parts of the river for recreational uses.

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