Today, the SOAH administrative law judge 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.
The regular hearing on the merits has been tentatively scheduled for March 5-8, 2018. The parties will discuss setting a schedule for discovery.
Today's ruling is significant because TESPA now has the opportunity to challenge Needmore's permit. However, this means that TESPA needs to raise money to pay for all of the costs associated with the four day hearing, including attorney and expert witness fees, technical studies, and SOAH court costs.
The Trinity Aquifer is a target for groundwater developers, and to protect this precious resource, we must be ready and willing to fight! Please make a donation today to fund this effort.