Tag Archives: Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Permit granted for annual extraction of 289 million gallons from Trinity Aquifer

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District granted a permit to Needmore Water LLC on Monday evening to pump up to 289,080,000 gallons of water per year from the Trinity Aquifer. According to the applicant, the water will be used for…

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

SH 45 SW continues to move forward

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Board of Directors was informed of various updates to State Highway 45 Southwest at its regular meeting May 25.The high-profile transportation project, which hopes to improve mobility for the northern Hays and southern Travis…

Thursday, September 15, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Dripping Springs plans effluent reuse but wants discharge permit

The city of Dripping Springs, facing an array of opponents to its plan to discharge nearly 1 million gallons per day of treated effluent into Onion Creek, has come up with a proposal to reuse the treated wastewater and is…

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Cate Malek

State law forces environmental groups to change strategy

The effects of Senate Bill 709, signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott last year, are starting to be felt.The bill changed Texas’ contested hearing process for environmental permits. One of its main effects was to shift the burden of…

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 by Cate Malek

Dripping Springs’ proposed wastewater plan could threaten aquifers

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District is moving quickly to prevent a change in the city of Dripping Springs’ wastewater management that could threaten Dripping Springs’ drinking water.The city of Dripping Springs has applied for a permit to discharge treated…

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

BSEACD waives fees, passes budget

Because it might be more of a hassle than it’s worth, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District board of directors decided at its regular meeting Thursday to waive a new permit application fee when passing next year’s budget.Approved in a…

Monday, July 20, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation district passes new guidelines

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District Board of Directors unanimously passed updated rules and bylaws governing 170 square miles of freshly annexed territory primarily in Hays County. The move came over objections from an attorney with Houston-based water supplier Electro…

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation district releases draft rules

Staff with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District recently released new rules to govern 170 square miles of unregulated territory. Residents will have a chance to weigh in on them July 16.For the next several months, conversations discussing House Bill 3405 implementation…

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation district talks flow for Hays County

Staff with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District spent more than an hour briefing board members on House Bill 3405’s implications Thursday. The long-anticipated bill could nearly double the district’s jurisdiction, and staff is presuming months of increased work as they…

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Swimming with the sharks

Kitchen argues for longer lunch break … City Council Member Ann Kitchen expressed concern Thursday about the length of lunch breaks during Council meetings. When Mayor Steve Adler suggested continuing for 30 minutes after citizen communications closed just before 1 p.m,…

Monday, May 18, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Conservation District preps for annexation

With two major bills pending in Texas’ legislative session, officials with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District discussed a potentially rushed timeline at their regular meeting Thursday.In March, legislators put forward House Bill 3405 and Senate Bill 1440 to address…

Friday, April 24, 2015 by Kim Hilsenbeck

Hays commish calls out Buda mayor on Facebook

The cross-county water fight between the Wimberley/Driftwood area and Buda heated up this week as Hays County Commissioner Will Conley used his Facebook page to call out Buda Mayor Todd Ruge in an open letter, calling the city’s testimony at…

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Downward oxygen trend a risk for salamanders

Barton Springs is the only known home to the endangered and federally protected Barton Springs and Austin Blind salamanders. Unfortunately, for these unique creatures, the level of life-sustaining dissolved oxygen in their ecosystem has dropped on average over the past…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Aquifer district ends six-year dispute with Kyle

Board members with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District wrapped up a six-year dispute with the City of Kyle on Thursday night at their regular meeting, pending a few issues.“This means we can move on,” said John Dupnik, general manager with…

Friday, April 10, 2015 by Kim Hilsenbeck

Hays County hears hydrologist on well project

The debate about the Electro Purification well project continued Tuesday in Hays County Commissioners Court as a neutral scientist weighed in on the data.District Senior Hydrologist and Aquifer Science Team Leader Brian Smith with the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Aquifer board backs annexation of unregulated area

At its Thursday meeting, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District board of directors voted unanimously to support proposed legislation that would expand the district’s territory and give the board authority over part of an unregulated area where water supply company…

Monday, February 2, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

BSEACD debates annexing unregulated wells

Water supply company Electro Purification is planning to pump 5 million gallons of water per day from an unregulated area just outside the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, causing neighbors to question whether EP could deplete water in the area.…

Friday, January 30, 2015 by Andy Sevilla

Many on alert over water drilling plan in Hays

Hays County officials and residents concerned over the proposed pumping of 1.8 billion gallons of water per year from the Trinity Aquifer are calling for the Texas Legislature’s help.“Immediate action needs to be taken to fill in that white zone,…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Andy Sevilla

Buda Council makes waves with water contract

Much to the dismay of a standing-room-only crowd at Buda City Hall, City Council members approved a water supply contract Tuesday that would allow up to 1 million gallons per day for city use from the Trinity Aquifer in western…

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Conservation District delays vote on SH45 SW agreement

Representatives of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District voted to put off a decision on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that is intended to provide greater environmental protection for the construction of State Highway 45 Southwest.District residents,…

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