From the Hill Country to the coast, our way of life depends on freshwater from the Guadalupe River Basin. The Aransas Project is an alliance of citizens, organizations, businesses, and municipalities who want responsible water management of the Guadalupe River Basin to ensure freshwater flows from the Hill Country all the way to the bays—ecosystems that support area fishing, tourism, and the winter habitat of the endangered whooping cranes.

The Aransas Project Updates

Chronicle Editorial: Don’t mess with Texas’ big cranes

Jul 13, 2014 |

Today, the Houston Chronicle published an Editorial about the recent decision by the a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court Court of Appeals. It starts: Imagine this conversation 50 years from now […]

Fifth Circuit Acknowledges 23 Whooping Crane Deaths from Lack of Inflows, Yet Refuses to Hold Texas Liable

Jul 2, 2014 |

Federal court of appeals decision offers roadmap for future cases Today, The Aransas Project (TAP) announces its analysis of the ruling from the appeals court decision regarding TAP’s legal battle to protect […]

USFWS releases water to benefit whooping cranes

Apr 3, 2014 |

According to this story, it turns out that Whooping Cranes do in fact need freshwater to maintain their habitat. The freshwater releases discussed in the story will maintain the Crane habitat along […]


San Antonio Seeks Ownership of Its Wastewater

Jan 24, 2014 | Related Press

A bid by San Antonio’s water utility to declare ownership of the sewage it treats and releases has sparked a regional tug-of-war — one that could become more common as Texas’ thirsty […]


Editorial: One survey of whoopers isn’t look at complete picture

Jan 9, 2014 | Related Press

The whooping cranes have been in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge since November. The endangered birds will spend the winter and early spring months here before flying back to Canada in April. […]

“Water issues are of great concern for whooping cranes. Data show that the health and survival of the endangered whooping crane flock is directly related to freshwater inflows from the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers.”

Tom Stehn
Whooping Crane Coordinator,
United States Fish & Wildlife Service
Whooping Crane Recovery Activities Report
August 2011