About The Aransas Project

From the Hill Country to the coast, our way of life depends on freshwater flows from the Guadalupe River Basin. The ecosystems of the Aransas area are the indicator of how effectively we are managing the basin. Coastal communities are the first to feel the strain of mismanagement. As the recent natural drought has shown us through reduced rainfall, the basin is already over-allocated and its management must change to protect the interests of the entire river system, especially the freshwater inflows required to preserve the bays and estuaries.  The record-breaking death toll of the whooping cranes in 2008/2009 coupled with the poor fishing season tell us that not enough freshwater is reaching the bays. Coastal communities are the first to feel the strain of mismanagement.

The Aransas Project is an alliance of citizens, organizations, businesses, and municipalities who want responsible water management of the Guadalupe River Basin and bays that represents all interests throughout the basin. We support responsible water management that is reasonable, sustainable and environmentally sound—all the way to the bay.

The Aransas Project is a Texas 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Our Goals

Water is the lifeblood of our communities. Our long-term goals focus on protecting a treasured way of life throughout the basin and bays that depend on water. Our immediate goals seek to correct the mismanagement of the Guadalupe River Basin, especially its impact on reducing inflows to the bays and estuaries—winter habitat to the endangered whooping crane.

TAP is seeking a Habitat Conservation Plan under the Endangered Species Act, including a water management plan for the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers that:
•    Requires a full accounting of all water use throughout the basin now and in the future;
•    Requires an analysis of existing water commitments and pending water permits to develop a plan to rollback the use of existing water rights during low flow conditions; and
•    Ensures freshwater inflows to the San Antonio Bay system, especially during low flow conditions.

Videos

Meet The Aransas Project

5 minutes, 38 seconds

Founding members and leadership of the Aransas community and of The Aransas Project (TAP) speak about how their way of life depends on freshwater flows from the Guadalupe River Basin to balance the coastal ecosystems that provide critical habitat for the whooping cranes.