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Edwards Aquifer hearing

Being the sole source of drinking water for millions of Texans is a tough gig. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will host a hearing on the Edwards Aquifer rules July 13 in San Antonio for people interested in the future of their daily H2O. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, Main and Commerce streets.

Annalisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, said that the current TCEQ rules that the state environmental agency needs to implement are impervious cover limits. Impervious cover is pavement, buildings, or other surfaces that don't allow water to seep into the soil; it also encourages pollution runoff. The GEAA is asking the TCEQ to impose a 15 percent limit. Many developments in San Antonio are 30 percent or higher. Peace said that the TCEQ's compliance division is woefully understaffed and needs additional money to adequately inspect potential violations.

CPS court case

The Government Canyon fight over City Public Service power lines continues in court to show opponents disagree with the Cagnon-to-Kendall transmission route, which extends through northwest Bexar County.

Judge David Berchelmann is scheduled to hear the case Monday, July 11, at 9:30 a.m. on the Fourth Floor of the Bexar County Courthouse, Dolorosa and Main streets. Info: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, 320-6294.

El Camino Real meeting

Highway 21 is also a national historic trail, El Camino Real, a 300-year-old, 2,500-mile thoroughfare pioneered by Spanish and French settlers, and later traveled by Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and missionaries.

The Texas Historical Commission is conducting public hearings about developing the trail, which is a partnership between the state and the National Parks Service; one of five meetings is scheduled in San Antonio July 7 at 1 p.m. at the Alamo Area Council of Governments Board Room, 8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 100.

By Nicole Chavez


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