This week in Just This, Rivard Report Editor-in-Chief Beth Frerking and veteran San Antonio newsman and columnist Rick Casey examine the history of and challenges to the Edwards Aquifer Authority, an entity created by the Texas Legislature more than two decades ago to manage the largest source of drinking water in the San Antonio region.
The Authority’s 17-member board oversees distribution of the water used by the residents of Bexar County and seven other counties. In doing so, it juggles the competing needs of farmers in counties west of San Antonio, such as Uvalde and Medina counties; spring flow interests to the east, especially in San Marcos and New Braunfels, which depend on the water for tourism industries; and a growing and thirsty population in San Antonio.
The Authority faced challenges to its role and responsibilities at its creation. Now it awaits a federal judge’s ruling on a lawsuit filed six years ago by plaintiffs who claim the board representation is unconstitutional.