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The Edwards Aquifer is a unique groundwater system and one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world.  It is one of the greatest natural resources on Earth, serving the diverse agricultural, industrial, recreational, and domestic needs of almost two million users in south central Texas.  Within this region and poised on the edge of the vast Chihuahuan desert lies San Antonio, America's 7th largest city.  The city has a semi-arid climate, and water from the Edwards is the reason that 18th century Spanish missionaries were able to establish footholds like the Alamo here on the New World frontier.  For over two centuries, San Antonio and many other cities in the surrounding region were able to grow and prosper without developing surface water or other water resources because of the Edwards Aquifer.

In recent decades, demand for water in the region has increased well beyond the Aquifer's capacity to provide, and there are increasing concerns about the welfare of endangered species and regional economies that depend on springflows from the Aquifer.  For these reasons, waters users of the region are facing tough decisions about who owns, controls, and uses Aquifer water.

The first step toward a rational and sustainable management of this natural resource is a better understanding of the Edwards and its limitations.  These pages are presented by Gregg Eckhardt as an information resource for the general public, so people may become better informed about the Aquifer and issues surrounding it. 

 

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11.10.14
Councilman Ron Nirenberg brokers deal to save Bracken bats

10.01.14
J-17 level triggers Voluntary Irrigation Suspension Program for 2015

09.28.14
SAWS approves water supply contract; public hearing set for Oct. 8

08.12.14
EAA declares Stage IV for first time ever

07.12.14
Soil and Water Conservation Board to consider brush management plan

07.01.14
SAWS begins negotiations on largest-ever non-Edwards supply

06.03.14
GBRA lawsuit dismissed

05.19.14
12 parties appear in court to oppose GBRA

 

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