Private equity firm invests in business that sells water in the Texas Hill Country

Private equity firm invests in business that sells water in the Texas Hill Country

Money is flowing into a local water business to make more drinking water available and plug projected shortages as the Texas Hill Country’s population swells. A new company launched by a prominent rural Texas land broker in San Antonio, Harold Trip DuPerier III, secured significant capital from a New York City-based private equity investment firm, the companies announced. Local water well operator Texas Water Supply Company LLC was formed in early October with its governing agent as DBT Investments LP, which was…

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Pumping impacts to Devils River

Pumping impacts to Devils River

Video: A geoscience team from Southwest Research Institute recently completed a study on the long-term effects of groundwater pumping near Devils River, one of the state’s last pristine rivers. They found that the river relies heavily on natural springs from the Trinity-Edwards Aquifer in Southwest Texas. The headwaters moved 10 miles downstream since the 1960s. Watch video at KLRN.com

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Study links groundwater with surface water in Devils River

Study links groundwater with surface water in Devils River

A Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) study provides detailed models linking groundwater in a Texas aquifer to the surface flows in one of the state’s most pristine rivers. The study shows how karstic pathways of the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer follow the same channels as the Devils River watershed, creating natural springs that sustain the river. “Natural springs play the major role in sustaining flows in rivers located in a semi-arid climate that experiences extended dry periods,” said Ron Green, the SwRI scientist…

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Photographer turns lens on our ‘complex, disconnected’ relationship with water

Photographer turns lens on our ‘complex, disconnected’ relationship with water

Mustafah Abdulaziz is a former Wall Street Journal photographer who left the media world to pursue a global, 15-year project exploring our “complex” relationship with water. He has visited 11 countries — including Brazil, China, Nigeria, India and Pakistan — to highlight how water is both a source of life and struggle for communities. “I see pollution into the natural world, I see misuse of our resources,” he told News Breakfast… Read more from ABC News

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Groundwater Ownership in Texas

Groundwater is an integral part of the land, and private landowners have a vested ownership interest in the groundwater below the surface of their land. The Texas Constitution and more than 100 years of case law support this position. Secure, protectable property rights best assure conservation and stewardship of all resources, including groundwater. Not only does this provide the landowner a right to produce, but it ensures the ability to conserve groundwater if there is no rush to produce under…

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Groundwater withdrawals may be the cause of disappearing streams in the mid-west (and here!)

Groundwater withdrawals may be the cause of disappearing streams in the mid-west (and here!)

Keith Gido, professor of biology, and Josh Perkin, a Kansas State University alumnus, recently published “Groundwater declines are linked to changes in Great Plains stream fish assemblages” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research maps the loss of stream habitat for many small fish in the Great Plains region and attributes it to declining groundwater sources. “This is one of the first examples that links groundwater depletion to changes in the biotic communities of the river,” Gido…

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TESPA Granted Standing

TESPA Granted Standing

The SOAH administrative law judge recently granted the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association standing to contest Needmore Water, LLC’s proposed permit before the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Many landowner members of TESPA near Needmore Ranch testified about their concern regarding Needmore’s proposed permit and plan to pump over 289,000,000 gallons a year from the Trinity Aquifer. TESPA’s hydrogeologist, Doug Wierman, testified that the proposed permit will potentially impact existing wells… Read more from TESPA

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From the Archives – Silent springs: is it too late to save Hill Country water?

From the Archives – Silent springs: is it too late to save Hill Country water?

Texas Observer (2009) In 2000, Jacob’s Well stopped flowing for the first time in recorded history. Its source sapped, Cypress Creek came to a trickle in Wimberley, and the state added it to a list of streams with impaired water quality. “I think it was a big wake-up call for the community,” Baker says. “If the well is the canary in the coal mine for the aquifer, then the canary was choking and about dead.” The spring ceased flowing again…

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Opinion: Conroe’s groundwater legal fight accelerates rate increases

Opinion: Conroe’s groundwater legal fight accelerates rate increases

When local groundwater production fees rise soon, a major cause of higher water bills will be the relentless City of Conroe-led litigation which challenges the authority of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to impose water production limits on large-volume water users and others. Conroe’s taxpayer-funded litigation against the district — with the mission to ensure sustainable, cost-effective water supplies for Montgomery County’s current and future needs — forced the district to incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal…

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Could landowners switch groundwater districts?

Could landowners switch groundwater districts?

As House Bill (HB) 4122 passed the Texas House of Representatives on third and final reading, State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) said he is afraid the bill will “set a bad precedent” for groundwater protection in the future. Isaac said the controversial bill, which passed by a 112-30 vote in the Texas House May 8, would allow large landowners with more than 1,000 acres that straddle more than one groundwater conservation district to switch over to just one district.…

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