The Texas Hill Country has long been lauded as the Land of 1,100 Springs, but there’s trouble brewing in those pristine waters. The area is growing at breakneck speed. More people are drawing water from a finite supply. More are putting wastewater — which helps habitat-wrecking algae thrive — into treasured sanctuaries for endangered species.

“Since 2005, the Hill Country has grown in population by over 50 percent,” said Vanessa Puig-Williams, the director of the Texas Water program for the Environmental Defense Fund. “So, where is all that water going to come from, and where is it all going to go when we’re done using it?”

Read more from Annie Blanks at San Antonio Express here.