Suit challenges EAA over base water

The Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District and co-plaintiffs George and Carolyn Ligocky filed suit last Tuesday in 38th Judicial District Court, charging that a recent rule change adopted by the Edwards Aquifer Authority violates the mandate of the Texas Legislature to protect irrigation and agricultural interests in the region.

The suit comes in response to a rule change voted by the EAA board of directors last December that would make it easier for Edwards Aquifer permit holders to sell 100 percent of their water. Senate Bill 1477, which created the EAA, stipulated that irrigators who could prove historical use would receive a permit for 2 acre feet of Edwards water. The law further specified that permit holders could sell or lease half of those water rights, but the last acre foot, the base irrigation groundwater, must remain with the land.


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