TAP update for the start of 2020

Feb 24, 2020 |

Hello to all TAP followers. We have been silent for a while as we work through the details of the agreement that we have reached with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA). I am pleased to announce the GBRA has agreed to prepare a Habitat Conservation Plan for the watershed, including the whooping cranes in San Antonio and adjacent bays.  This is a big deal.  We litigated to force such a result and we were unsuccessful at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after winning at the District Court. Subsequently, we found common ground with GBRA and have been working with them since that time to find ways to expand crane habitat and get adequate water to the bay during critical times.  I am confident we will achieve this result.

Second, please see this comment letter we have filed about the proposed wastewater discharge from a steel plant near Sinton, Texas. The discharge will be into Chiltipin Creek and then into Mission and Copano Bays.  Steel plants are notoriously bad actors and can cause major problems water quality problems.  As you can see from the attached comment letter filed by attorney Bryan French, a key appendix is missing from the publicly available information.  Appendix 9 contains information about the various pollutants to be discharged. Without it, one cannot evaluate the impact.  We believe the application is deficient, and are preparing to challenge it.  Stay tuned. We may need your help again.

Jim Blackburn, President, The Aransas Project.