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Edwards Aquifer

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.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

For first time in history, San Marcos declares Stage 4 drought

Underscoring the severity of a years-long drought, San Marcos officials will impose Stage 4 water restrictions for the first time at noon on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Zaffirini named to senate’s Natural Resources committee

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who represents a meandering district that includes about a third of Hays County residents, has been appointed to the senate’s Natural Resources committee.

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

TxDOT foresees ‘negligible’ aquifer impacts from SH 45 SW

More than 600 people crowded into a south Austin high school cafeteria last week to weigh-in on a draft environmental report on Texas 45 Southwest, a controversial toll road that would connect the southern terminus of MoPac...

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.

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...

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

San Marcos enters Stage 3 water usage restrictions

San Marcos will activate Stage 3 drought response rules effective at noon on Sunday, Aug. 4 as the Edwards Aquifer continues to decline.

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

After spring rains, drought restrictions eased to Stage 1

Welcome spring rains have raised the level of the Edwards Aquifer, allowing San Marcos residents to return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective Wednesday, June 5.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Meeting will examine river habitat plan

The city of San Marcos will hold a public meeting March 20 to discuss upcoming improvements along the San Marcos River as part of implementation of the Habitat Conservation Plan.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Audio: Land commissioner touts desalination plant near Kyle or New Braunfels

Desalination, the process of removing salt from water, may bring to mind a plant on the coast sucking in salty seawater and dispensing fresh water. But Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has a plan to bring desalination...

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