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.
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.more
Two bills have been filed: Senate Bill 1814 (Companion, House Bill 4122) and House Bill 4045, which would result in less regulation over groundwater production from Needmore Ranch. TESPA opposes both of these bills and has prepared this analysis. Please contact your County Commissioners, Representative Isaac and Senator Campbell, as well as the authors of these bills and let them know why you are opposed to them.
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...more