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Wimberley water agencies prepare to act against Aqua Texas for alleged violations

At a joint meeting Friday, conservation agencies shared their plan to act against water utility company Aqua Texas for allegedly failing to comply with local conservation guidelines. Read more from Mercedez Hernandez with KXAN here.

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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...

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Camp Bullis protection program receives $502K grant

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently announced the awarding of a $502,000 grant that will fund a groundwater study as part of an initiative meant to protect the Camp Bulls military mission and the surrounding area. Read more from Edmond Ortiz with Community...

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‘We need more’: Despite recent rains, San Antonio area still locked in drought

Parts of Central Texas, including San Antonio, have seen a rainy start to 2024, with more than six inches of precipitation in January. But the Bandera area has seen far less — just two inches in the past month. And that matters across the region, because many of the...

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Majority of America’s underground water stores are drying up, study finds

Many of America’s critical sources of underground water are in a state of rapid and accelerating decline, a new study has found. More than half of the aquifers in the United States (53 percent) are losing water, according to research published Wednesday in Nature....

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Another hot, dry summer may push parts of Texas to the brink

Two consecutive summers of brutal heat and drought have left some parts of Texas with notably low water supplies going into 2024. A wet year or a well-placed hurricane could quickly pull these regions back from the brink. But winter rains have disappointed so far....

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Jacob’s Well was dry for seven months—One company just kept pumping

After sitting dry for 222 days, Jacob’s Well, the iconic artesian spring near Wimberley, has started to flow again. From mid-June through mid-January, the popular swimming hole was a miserable sight: the water level had receded below the lip of the well’s mouth,...

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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...

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Residents, groups fight plan to dump wastewater into Hill Country waterway

Residents and environmental groups are asking state regulators to deny a developer’s request to build a plant that would dump 300,000 gallons of treated wastewater a day into Hondo Creek, saying the plan could damage the Hill Country waterway. The wastewater plant...

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Aqua Texas sues Hays County groundwater district over a nearly $450,000 overpumping fine

Aqua Texas, a water utility company that services more than 3,000 customers in Hays County, filed a federal lawsuit late last month against the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District alleging unequal treatment following fines imposed for overpumping. The...

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AQUA Texas files federal lawsuit against the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in 2024

Groundwater is the only source of drinking water for the majority of western Hays County -- that's tens of thousands of residents. AQUA Texas is responsible for providing adequate and continuous water to its ratepayers. In order to protect the rights of all...

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Passing the torch: 19 properties officially transferred to Texas Land Conservancy

In the spirit of passing the torch, I am delighted to inform you that the Hill Country Land Trust has successfully completed a three-year process of transitioning its 19 protected properties, totaling 8,010 acres, to the capable hands of Texas Land Conservancy (TLC)....

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Exploding development in Gillespie County

Aquifers, rivers need high consideration along with growth. “Everyone is concerned about the explosion of growth”, said Paul Tybor, General Manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District. Read more from Katherine Peake in the Fredericksburg...

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Texas voters approve $1.8 billion in parks and recreation funding

This November, Texas voters approved Prop 14– the Centennial Parks Conservation Fund– with 76% of the vote. This $1 billion fund will enable the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to buy land to create dozens of new state parks. But on top of that historic win for...

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Who is ‘Edwards,’ anyway? 5 things to know about the Edwards Aquifer.

You’ve likely heard about the Edwards Aquifer, especially over the past few drought-stricken years. The groundwater system provides water for more than 2 million people, and water levels in recent months have dictated watering restrictions, making them a tangible...

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The Fight for Water Begins – Preserve our Hill Country Environment

I am Milann Guckian, president of Preserve our Hill Country Environment (PHCE) Foundation. It was January 2022 that I last wrote about our ongoing battle with Vulcan Construction Materials and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ) regarding the proposed...

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Drought crushes Texas water pipes with massive funding need

Water main breaks are at record levels, aquifers are at historic lows, and funding for new water supplies is elusive. Central Texas still is figuring out how to adapt its infrastructure to extreme drought and rising temperatures intensified by climate change, and its...

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