Posted on September 28th, 2012
Over the next few months, San Antonio City Council will begin considering recommendations from the Conservation Advisory Board (CAB), signaling the commencement of the current round of the $90 million sales-tax-funded, voter-approved Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.
The mechanics of the program have evolved somewhat since its inception over ten years ago, but the essence remains consistent-utilize an acquisition mechanism to maintain land over the Aquifer Recharge Zone in a relatively undevel oped state, thereby protecting our primary water source. Citizens are on board with the effort, having supported this .08% sales tax supplement three times (2000, 2005, 2010), all by comfortable margins. But, the innovative nature of this particular program, beginning to garner nationwide attention, may not be fully appreciated.