Conservation News

LCRA changes tack in Bastrop County groundwater permit request

The controversy over Bastrop County groundwater pumping was at the center of discussions Wednesday morning between Lower Colorado River Authority executives and the Sunset Advisory Commission.During those discussions — which advanced the commission’s lengthy review process of the LCRA — the river authority’s general manager Phil Wilson made a public commitment to dedicate the groundwater sought from a possible well field in Bastrop County to water users only within

Source: LCRA changes tack in Bastrop County groundwater permit request

SUPREME COURT: Groundwater’s muddy legal history under the Clean Water Act — Tuesday, December 4, 2018 — www.eenews.net

The Supreme Court has signaled its interest in a potentially game-changing debate over the scope of the Clean Water Act and whether it applies to pollutants that travel through groundwater. If accepted, it could be the biggest environmental issue on the docket this term.

Source: SUPREME COURT: Groundwater’s muddy legal history under the Clean Water Act — Tuesday, December 4, 2018 — www.eenews.net

Clean Water Act Application to Groundwater: Keeping Score – Texas Agriculture Law

A major issue with regard to the scope of the Clean Water Act is popping up in courtrooms across the United States.  Are point source discharges into groundwater, that eventually reach a “water of the United States”, within the scope of the Clean Water Act’s jurisdiction?  This issue is growing and has been decided differently by courts across the country.  The legal question is teed up and could potentially reach the United States Supreme Court next year.  Let’s take a look at this issue and the results from… Read More →

Source: Clean Water Act Application to Groundwater: Keeping Score – Texas Agriculture Law

LCRA groundwater dispute enters new phase in Bastrop – News – Austin American-Statesman – Austin, TX

Over 120 landowners and public utilities have filed their opposition to the Lower Colorado River Authority and its pursuit to pump 25,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from eight wells in Bastrop County.Last week, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District — the local entity charged with regulating and permitting groundwater use in Bastrop and Lee counties — filed notice of the case’s first prehearing conference before a state administrative judge, which will be

Source: LCRA groundwater dispute enters new phase in Bastrop – News – Austin American-Statesman – Austin, TX