Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 685.0'
3/22/17 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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History & Chronology

1980s

 

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1980

City executes a second sewer service contract with Encino Park; Re-affirms it's intention not to oversize the Encino Park Outfall line.

1981
February

City authorizes a joint venture of local engineers to do a sewer service study of the Upper Salado Watershed.

1981
June

Council passes resolution 81-34-64 reaffirming its support for Applewhite.

1981
November

City receives SAWPAC study and implements many of its principles. The study is never formally adopted by the City Council.

1982

Planning Commission forms an Ad Hoc Committee on Water Planning. It's final report recommends a detailed study on Water Resources guided by a Technical Advisory Committee.

1983
November

Council and EUWD appoint a Technical Advisory Committee to define a scope of work and recommend a consultant firm to undertake a detailed study of the region's water resources.

1983
December

Council instructs the CWB to refrain from entering the Walsh property to conduct geotechnical surveys for Applewhite.

1984

First Drought Management Plan approved by City Council.

1984

Technical Advisory Committee starts working and subsequently recommends the firm of CH2M Hill to undertake the regional water study.

1984
May

Water Conservation Response to Drought and low water levels.

1984
July

J-17 index well records a level of 623.2 ft. M.S.L.

1985

Recycled water resolution passed Resolution # 85-20-32

1985

Regional Water Resources Study briefings are conducted throughout the Edwards area.

1986
May

CH2M Hill submits its report to the joint sponsors; report is accepted.

1986
June

Council and the Edwards District Board form a Citizens Advisory Group to help reach IATF consensus on the study's recommendations.

1986
November

The Edwards Underground Water District and Texas Water Commission enter into a Memorandum of Understanding on Water Quality of the Edwards Aquifer.

1986
December

CAG submits its recommendations to Council, IATF and EUWD.

1987
January

The Council and Edwards Board establish a Joint Sponsors Committee to review water issues and recommend legislation that both bodies can support during the 1987 legislative session.

1987
February

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issues it's Draft EIS on Applewhite.

1987
March

Joint Committee on Water Resources approves a Joint Resolution which will serve as the basis for legislative action and describe the principles and policies accepted to date.

1987
March

The City and Edwards District endorse legislation that is subsequently enacted as HB #1942. It requires the Edwards Underground Water District to produce a drought management plan prior to September 1988.

1987
April

Council hears Zoning Case #Z87026 filed by representatives of Barshop Enterprises for a shopping mall on the Recharge Zone near the intersection of FM 1604 and NW Military Dr. Council approves zoning but agrees to consider a moratorium on construction over the Recharge Zone.

1987

Council does not act on moratorium, as developers agree to voluntarily hold up cases until a public information meeting is held on May 18, 1987.

1987
May

Community meeting, approximately 1,200 citizens at the San Antonio College Auditorium to hear the presentation. Mayor Cisneros forms the City Council Committee on the Aquifer.

1987
June

The Committee begins to meet weekly to discuss various Aquifer water quality related issues.

1987
October

The Committee submits it's report to the full City Council. Council accepts the report and indicates implementation.

1987
October

The City of San Antonio and the Edwards Underground Water District reconvene the Joint Committee on Water Resources to be joined later by representatives of the San Antonio, Nueces and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authorities.

1987

“Perspective” Report issued Non-Degradation policy adopted.

1988
July

The Joint Committee on Water Resources completed the Regional Water Resources Plan and submitted to respected entities. City Council approves as Ordinance #67566.

1988
August

The Joint Committee reconvened to review the Drought Management Plan prepared for submittal to the Texas Water Commission by August 1st as required by HB 1942.

1988

The City Council votes to approve the Applewhite Reservoir as part of the RWRP as Ordinance #67605.

1988
August

Edwards District approves Drought Management Plan in accordance with HB 1942.

1988
December

City Council enacts Ordinance No. 68548 approving a report on Water Conservation and an overall policy for local implementation.

1989
January

San Antonio, the Edwards District, eastern municipalities, SARA, GBRA, CPS, and CWB establish legislative coalition for the allocation of ground water as part of RWRP. Weir Labatt presided as chair.

1989
January

Uvalde and Medina Counties vote to pull out of the Edwards District.

1989
January

Proposed RWRP bill is the first for management of Edwards region.

1989
February

The City Council reaffirms its Wastewater reuse policy in Resolution #89-07-11.

1989
March

City Council is briefed on status of Ordinance Nos. 67566 water quality and 67605 regional water plan as required.

1989
May

Legislative attempt fails for groundwater allocation. The Lt. Gov. and the Speaker of the House establish a Committee of legislative members to study the Aquifer.

1989

SB 1667 is passed by the Legislature to allow for the creation of the Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District (AWCRD) by the City of San Antonio.

1989
June

GBRA files lawsuit in the adjudication of rights (underground stream lawsuit) to water in the Edwards Aquifer and gave notice to Secretary of Interior of alleged violations of Endangered Species Act.

1989

City Council is briefed on the Lake Texana Project and the Carrizo Sands proposal and authorizes the AWCRD to proceed.

1989

GBRA files underground river lawsuit.

1989
September

City of San Antonio submits comments to proposed amendments to the Edwards Aquifer rules on Water Quality.

1989
November

Legislative Committee comprised of House and Senate members convene to study the Aquifer as mandated.

1989

John Birdwell, Commissioner of the Texas Water Commission meets with individual entities to negotiate and compromise an Edwards allocation strategy.

   

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