Water

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SAN ANTONIO – Per City ordinance the San Antonio City Manager announces the end to water restrictions effective Wednesday, June 10.

Recent deluges have sent the Edwards Aquifer level skyrocketing. Since the 10-day average of the aquifer is currently well above 660 feet SAWS has advised the City Manager it would be appropriate to end drought restrictions. The City of San Antonio has been in some type of water restrictions since 2011, and has stayed in Stage Two restrictions since 2012.

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After the Texas Supreme Court decided against taking up the case Edwards Aquifer Authority vs. Glenn and JoLynn Bragg, a lower court award of several hundred thousand dollars and a ruling that some argue erodes the power of groundwater districts was cemented. The award now, several years and crop cycles later has not been determined.

California towns have been running out of water for the past 6 months. A plan to ration water in southern California is expected to be voted on next week.

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  A new series from the Texas Tribune examines the lack of clean water on Texas' southern border. The five-part series entitled "Undrinkable" weaves a story of byzantine bureaucratics, misspent millions, and wasted opportunities. 

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Should the City of San Antonio reauthorize an 1/8th cent sales tax that funds green spaces and linear trails, and more importantly conservation easements that pay property owners to not develop their land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone?

$90 million for aquifer protection and easements have run out. The five-year program last authorized in 2010 will continue to help pay landowners to keep the recharge zone undeveloped, but it has to make it to the May ballot first. 

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