Part of the area, perhaps “one of the last remaining ecosystems” in the state, according to the Austin American-Statesman, has been in Lew Adams’ family since the 1940s. The creek and springs feed the Pedernales River, which ran dry in each of the last two summers. Uphill, Mirasol Springs has a permit to pump 100,000 gallons from the river every day, except during droughts, per Texas Monthly.

“What are we going to do with this place if the creek were to go dry? What is the value then?” Adams said. “All the cypress trees will start to diminish; this whole deciduous forest, which relies on [the springs], could be endangered.”

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