Wastewater plans make Hill Country residents worry Pedernales River could turn into ‘sewer’

Landowners are concerned about the future of the Pedernales River after recent filings for wastewater permits at two developments. The permits ask for permission from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to discharge treated wastewater on land near the river....

Hill Country water quality: Challenges and solutions

From supporting a vibrant recreation-based economy, to sustaining our drinking water supplies, clean and clear rivers are the heart of the Hill Country. They have drawn people to the region for centuries. The recent decade of explosive growth and development has...

In the Hays County city of Kyle, swift growth stirs up a fight over wastewater

Environmental advocates are pushing back against the city of Kyle’s plan to expand its wastewater treatment plant — a step city leaders say is necessary to keep up with rapid population growth. Kyle  — which is in northern Hays County, between San Marcos and Austin...

Thousands of oil and gas wastewater spills threaten property, groundwater, wildlife and livestock across Texas

In the state’s latest Joint Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report, the Railroad Commission had included 557 groundwater contamination cases caused by oil and gas operations. The spokesperson said cases where chloride contaminated the groundwater—of which...