The Watershed Association has focused for years on defending the sustained spring flows from the Trinity Aquifer to Jacob’s Well and Cypress Creek. In addition to responding to local and regional environmental threats, The Watershed Association is concentrating our current protection efforts on promoting sustainable groundwater management policy and low-impact development strategies in the critical recharge zones.
Recognizing the constant and ongoing threats require an organization helmed by legal experts dedicated solely to such efforts, The Watershed Association worked with local landowners to form Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) in response to the Electro Purification and Need-more Ranch groundwater pumping proposals. The Watershed Association continues to support TESPA in mounting important environmental legal challenges that threaten springs and the regional water supply.
Because legislative advocacy is always a top priority, The Watershed Association expanded its impact in 2017 by supporting partner organizations TESPA, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and The Sierra Club, by issuing public statements as well as legislative spotlights and calls to action to our supporters. We also participate in Water Warriors legislative planning and briefing meetings and monitor water and environmental legislation on topics ranging from Municipal Utility Districts, groundwater, eminent domain, parks funding, local control, attempts to overturn municipal ordinances, and wastewater regulation.