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Research: The Edwards Aquifer Water Wars — The Final Chapter?

As Robert L. Gulley and Jenna B. Cantwell write in the Texas Water Journal, a new conservation plan could resolve decades of acrimonious rancor and litigation over the use of the Edwards Aquifer.

Windmill at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge pumping water from the Ogallala Aquifer.

On Dec. 28, 2011, the Edwards Aquifer Authority’s Board of Directors approved the recommendations of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program with respect to a historic Habitat Conservation Plan. The Habitat Conservation Plan could resolve decades of acrimonious rancor and litigation over the use of the Edwards Aquifer. It provides the protection required by the federal Endangered Species Act for 8 listed species stemming from the use of the Edwards Aquifer and associated Comal and San Marcos springs while recognizing the region’s ever-growing need for water. — Texas Water Journal

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