Plaintiffs filed suit seeking to require the District to grant us a contested case hearing on the application of WSP to pump 997 acre feet of water per year from five wells in the vicinity of Jacob’s Well for a golf course development.
Both the District and WSP filed Motions for Summary Judgment seeking to have our suit thrown out. The matter was heard by Senior District Judge Dwight E. Peschel on February 26, 2013. The Court has ruled in our favor denying the motions.
The Court further found that the HTGCD action in denying our requests for contested case hearing “…was arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.” We anticipate that the case will proceed to a final judgment consistent with the above. There is no indication at this point as to whether or not the opposing parties will seek to further challenge or appeal the Court’s ruling.
The 83rd Texas Legislature opened its regular session this month, and water is a high priority issue on the legislative agenda. But most of the focus thus far has been on establishing a new fund to finance water infrastructure projects.
Texas does have important water and wastewater infrastructure needs, but conserving and protecting existing water resources should also be a high priority for state legislators.
Contact your State Representative and State Senator and urge them to take action this session to conserve and protect Texas water resources and establish priorities for funding water projects and programs.
Loving and learning about the Hill Country
Now in our 7th year, the HCA photo contest is a wonderful way to explore, learn and teach about the special qualities of the Texas Hill Country. We’re not only looking for photography that captures the spectacular beauty of this region, but also illustrations of the rare qualities worth protecting and stories that need to be told.
Unique recharge features that are so important to our water supply, habitats for endangered birds, spring-fed creeks and streams, native plants, natural stream banks, and great examples of wise land stewardship practices.