Annual Newsletter Released

Clearwater UWCD is proud to provide you with a pdf version of our annual newsletter entitled “Clearwater Source” that will be mailed out around the county in the next week.  We specifically want to point out the theme of this year’s “Clearwater Source” is to showcase many of the scientific endeavors the district has invested in over the last three fiscal years. We are very pleased with our relationships with Baylor University’s Department of Geology, US Geological Survey’s Water Science Team in Austin, and the Texas Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office in San Marcos. These professional researchers have provided a much better understanding of the aquifer systems in Bell County as well as surrounding counties.

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Water Board Moves to Resolve Reservoir Conflict

Disagreeing with Dallas-Fort Worth-area water officials, the Texas Water Development Board decided on Wednesday that a years-long conflict over a yet-to-be-built reservoir in the region’s 50-year water plan is serious enough that it should be resolved.

The water-planning agency voted unanimously to deem a disagreement between two contiguous water-planning regions in North and Northeast Texas an “interregional conflict,” setting into motion a third-party mediation that must begin by Oct. 5.

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New Law May Not Thwart Hays County Water Project

WIMBERLEY — On a recent weeknight, nearly 200 Hays County residents packed into the Wimberley Community Center for what some described as a celebration.

Six months earlier, three times as many had stormed the place demanding state legislation they hoped would thwart a major water development project that could cannibalize their own supplies.

A bill passed — barely — days before the end of this year’s legislative session, resurrected after a rare about face by the House parliamentarian. Enacted weeks later, state Rep. Jason Isaac’s House Bill 3405 expanded the jurisdiction of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to encompass a previously unregulated Trinity Aquifer well field in western Hays County owned by Houston-based Electro Purification.

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