City, water district fear Edwards Aquifer rule update

Meghann Garcia

Managing editor

Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District directors feel that a rule amendment approved Dec. 12 by the Edwards Aquifer Authority will greatly diminish Uvalde County’s economy within 30 years.

The amendment leaves three acceptable qualifications for the conversion of base irrigation groundwater rights to unrestricted irrigation groundwater rights.

They include conservation, change in land use, or converting only water rights in excess of one acre-foot per acre of historically irrigated land.

EAA representatives corresponding via email maintain that the ability to transfer 100 percent of water usage rights has been possible for the last 17 years given the appropriate scenario.

Nonetheless, every UCUWCD board director was present Tuesday to give general manager Vic Hilderbran authority to protect the county’s interests against the EAA’s actions.


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