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January 2016

Mediation scheduled in Bragg v EAA case

On January 14, William Hoover of the Hondo-Anvil Herald reported a mediation session had been scheduled for January 25 where parties will attempt to agree on the amount of compensation owed to pecan farmers Glenn and JoLynn Bragg by the EAA for unconstitutionally taking their private property. The case was decided in May of 2015 after more than a decade of litigation and marked the first time that a landowner in Texas had a ruling that groundwater rights were taken by a groundwater conservation district. If mediation fails, the case is scheduled to go back to a trial court on February 16. For the whole story of the Bragg case, see the extended write-up on the Laws and Regulations page.

Government Canyon may grow by 230 acres

On January 4, the Express-News reported a 230 acre tract known as Goodhorse Ranch may become the latest addition to Government Canyon State Natural Area. Though the deal is not yet final and would require city council approval, the city and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are moving forward with purchase plans. This would be the latest acquisition under the city's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, which is funded by a 1/8 cent sales tax that citizens have voted in favor of four times since 2000.

Government Canyon State Natural Area is currently about 12,000 acres and was the focus of the first major battle over the Edwards Aquifer in the early 1970s. For the complete story see A Water Quality History.