SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

Boards oppose suit on managing rivers

Jun 17, 2010 | San Antonio Express-News | TAP In The News

The boards of the San Antonio Water System and San Antonio River Authority have voted to petition as interveners in the federal lawsuit filed by the Aransas Project.

This winter, the nonprofit sued the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for its management of the San Antonio and Guadalupe rivers. The group argues over-allocation of water from the rivers resulted in the deaths of endangered whooping cranes in 2008.

The utility’s board is concerned that if the suit is successful, it would result in federal control of local waterways, which would hinder the development of new water supplies.

The river authority’s board is concerned the lawsuit will disrupt the state’s current efforts to determine what the environmental needs of the rivers are.

Both boards are looking to file on the side of the TCEQ. The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority already has done so.

The Arkansas (sic) Project says the state could end the suit by bringing its management of the rivers within compliance of the Endangered Species Act.

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