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The mission of The Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) is to protect the Trinity and Edwards aquifers from over pumping, the springs that flow from this interconnected system, and the property rights of landowners who depend on and wish to conserve this precious natural resource.

The Trinity Aquifer is under siege. The springs and creeks which emanate from this natural resource, and the property rights of landowners are at risk. Today, more than ever before, this precious natural resource, which is vital to the ecology and economy of the Hill Country, is in peril. As the population in Central Texas continues to grow, water suppliers are searching for new sources of water, and the Trinity Aquifer is a target. Although groundwater pumping from the aquifer is already occurring at an unsustainable rate, more groundwater development projects are in the works. Current groundwater law facilitates the mining of our aquifers and elevates groundwater development over groundwater protection. TESPA is taking legal action and advocating for policy changes to ensure that groundwater in Texas is sustainably managed and landowners' property rights are protected.

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This afternoon, pursuant to the briefing schedule agreed to by all Parties, Needmore filed a Plea to the Jurisdiction and Brief on Hearings and Parties, with SOAH, arguing that House Bill 3405 prohibits third parties from contesting permits and that therefore, SOAH does not have jurisdiction to hear the case. TESPA will submit its response brief in two weeks. Click here to read the brief.

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Three bills have been filed: Senate Bill 1814 (Companion, House Bill 4122), House Bill 4045, and Senate Bill 2254, which would result in less regulation over groundwater production from Needmore Ranch. TESPA opposes both of these bills and has prepared this analysis.

Senate Bill 2254

Author: Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

This bill gives Needmore Ranch MUD groundwater conservation district powers under Chapter 36 of the Water Code. If the district’s creation is confirmed at an election, the territory of Needmore Ranch is removed from BSEACD and HTGCD.

Senate Bill 1814

Author: Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

House Bill 4122

Author: Kyle Kacal

Senate Bill 1814 and House Bill 4122 would allow the owner of a piece of land that is greater than 1,000 acres and within the jurisdiction of two or more groundwater conservation districts to request that the entire property be transferred into the territory of one of the districts. The landowner must submit a...

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Thanks to the Austin American Statesman and Asher Price for writing about the Needmore Ranch legislation. .

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