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Edwards Aquifer Authority
900 E. Quincy
San Antonio, Texas 78215
The Edwards Aquifer Authority manages, enhances, and protects the Edwards Aquifer, one of the major groundwater systems in Texas serving approximately 1.7 million people. This expansive, natural underground water resource extends 180 miles from Brackettvi... more
Water Attorney and Executive Director
Texas Water Commission
Member of EXECUTIVE BOARD
Bachelor of Business Administration
University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Texas School of Law
Water Policy in Texas Legislature Rode on One Word | Joe Nick Patoski
Once the new law takes effect, Mr. Ellis said, "the districts can manage with more flexibility around the demand and have the tools they need to get the job done."
Except for S.B. 332, the 82nd session was remarkable for being unremarkable when it came to water, one of the most crucial issues that the state will have to grapple with over the next century.
In particular, Mr. Ellis admitted disappointment that the Legislature did not take on the bigger challenge inevitably facing Texas groundwater conservation districts and all of Texas: rising demand and declining supply.
"Eventually, a district will either have to stop issuing permits or reduce pumping to accommodate new permits,"
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