TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
Supporting the social welfare and economic well-being of Mason County and the surrounding Texas Hill Country
GROUND WATER USAGE & WATER RIGHTS
Links to More Information
 
Clean Water Act Section 404 and Agriculture

The Real Estate Center TAMU

Hickory Underground Water District

 
Groundwater usage and water rights are becoming the new “mineral lease” of the 21st century. Throughout the state, investors have staked a claim to thousands of acre feet of this resource in hopes of cashing in with the expansion of urban areas and the lack of groundwater in many parts of the more populated areas of the state.“Water wars” have broken out between property owners due to rule of capture, contamination from various means or man-made dams that affect
the natural flow of creeks, streams, and rivers as well as owners downstream. Industrial mining and quarries in rural areas have also placed an additional burden on underground water aquifers. Recently, The Clean Water Act has raised concern and debate in defining "navigable" as it relates to waters of the US and the effect on agricultural operations and activities.

All of these issues have opened up the debate of surface usage above aquifers and along rivers due to contamination concerns. Whether it is water usage or contamination, underground water, rivers, and streams are creating a new challenge in the Hill Country.
 

TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
P. O. Box 941   Mason, Texas 76856-0941     Phone: 325-347-6683     E-mail: info@thcha.org
 
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