Aquifer Protection Plan
The Blue Hole/San Antonio Spring
We are protecting our region’s sole source of drinking water with this comprehensive, multi-faceted plan:
- Acquire sensitive recharge and watershed areas to protect public health and the safety of our water supply.
- Enforce the existing regulations designed to prevent the degradation of our drinking water.
- Challenge illegitimate entitlement claims ("grandfathering") and defend the public's right to a healthy and safe water supply.
- Strengthen development standards and land use controls that will preserve the waters of the Aquifer. Reforms should include strict impervious cover limits, adequate buffer zones, building density limits, and more intensive analysis of subsurface geology by both developers and regulatory agencies.
- Base approval of further development on cumulative "Big Picture" reviews of contaminant sources and risks to public health.
- Regulate storage and control the transport of hazardous materials over the Edwards Recharge Zone.
- Implement prudent fiscal policies, such as ban on tax incentives for businesses locating on the Recharge Zone and sensitive areas of the Contributing and Transition Zones.
Aquifer Protection Research & Recommendations
San Pedro Springs
- Protecting the Edwards Aquifer
Vulnerability, contamination, effects of development, and inadequacy of engineered controls
- Reforms for Aquifer Protection
Recommendations for City of San Antonio codes, ordinances, and policies
- AGUA Region L Plan Comment
Comments to group developing a regional water plan for South Central Texas pursuant to Senate Bill 1, 75th Legislature
- GEAA Edwards Aquifer Protection Plan
The Edwards Aquifer Protection Plan is both a vision and a plan for the protection of the heart of Texas - the Edwards Aquifer and its Great Springs. The Protection Plan was written by individual citizens and citizen-based organizations from Austin, San Marcos, Hays County, and San Antonio, who have come together as the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance to advocate for protection of the entire Edwards Aquifer region, from Salado to Del Rio.
Photographs copyright © 1995
by Gregg A. Eckhardt