H-E-B and EarthShare of Texas Supporting Environmental Projects

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The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is pleased to announce that H-E-B, in recognition of Earth Day, has selected EarthShare of Texas to be the April beneficiary for its in-store coupon promotion. This means that customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill to support environmental work throughout the State of Texas for the entire month of April.

H-E-B supports many EarthShare of Texas organizations with corporate grants or in-kind contributions. The April tear-pad promotion is a bit different as it enables H-E-B customers to bolster the diverse environmental program work of more than three dozen EarthShare of Texas’ organizations, including GEAA. The customers’ dollars will go directly to these organizations, benefitting both the Texas environment and economy.

Throughout the month of April and into the first week of May, look for the EarthShare of Texas display and tear-off coupons at the check-out stands in any Texas H-E-B and Central Market stores. Support EarthShare of Texas and the Texas environment!

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GEAA joins citizens to protest sewage plant on EARZ

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The United Nations has designated November 19th World Toilet Day.  GEAA celebrated by joining hundreds of citizens at a meeting with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality to protest a discharge permit for a new sewage treatment plant in Comal County. You can see GEAA’s presentation here and read our comments here.  You can read more about the meeting here.

This new treatment plant will serve the 4S Ranch subdivision just outside Bulverde that will put 1880 homes on 780 acres. The plant will treat 460,000 gallons per day to be discharged just north of the confluence of Dripping Springs and Lewis creeks, which flow into the nearby Cibolo Creek – a major source of recharge for the Edwards Aquifer. Given that this subdivision will sit on the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone, very near the Recharge Zone, GEAA will be working with local citizens to promote measures to mitigate negative impacts to the Aquifer.

Recharging the Edwards with sewage effluent that is not treated to drinking water standards will introduce emerging contaminants such as unmetabolized drugs and personal care products into our drinking water supply.  Local wells will be at risk in the event of a sewage leak. The cumulative impacts of urban growth and new sewage infrastructure in this area will ultimately degrade the quality of our Edwards water.

We realize that sanitation is an important issue for the developing world.  Likewise, appropriate, and inappropriate uses of sanitation infrastructure as it impacts the Edwards Aquifer has been a major focus of GEAA’s resources of late. Local municipalities and folks in the unincorporated area really need the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the State of Texas to act on their behalf by coming up with regulations that will address these issues region-wide.

Because Edwards water is not pretreated prior to use and distribution, we must be ever mindful of ensuring that water that recharges the Aquifer is clean and high quality. Toilet to tap can be a good alternate water supply.  But, is this really what we want for the Edwards Aquifer?

We think the people of Bulverde and Spring Branch made their point last night. Let’s hope the TCEQ got it. Stay tuned for more on this important issue.

So many people attended that the meeting had to be moved to the fire truck dispatch area

So many people attended that the meeting had to be moved to the fire truck dispatch area

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GEAA Press Releases

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2015
Request of Coverage: Citizens Rally to Support Reauthorization of Props 1 & 2 – January 27
Request of Coverage: Plan to preserve birds and cave critters in Bexar County found lacking – February 2
Request of Coverage: Citizens Groups Concerned about SAWS Proposal to Hike Water Rates – July 14
Request of Coverage: Wells Fargo Awards Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance – July 30

2014
Request of Coverage: GEAA Calls for Moratorium on New Development on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone – July 9
Request of Coverage: GEAA Calls for Moratorium on New Development on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone – July 17

2013
Request of Coverage: Citizens Request City to Rescind Approval of SAWS Service to Crescent Hills – May 20

2012
Town hall meeting in Castroville to Discuss Preserving Medina River – February 9
Aquifer Alliance Applauds, Deplores Proposed Edwards Aquifer Authority Rules – June 22
Request of Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance and Texas State University students partner to map Sewage Leaks on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone – August

2011
Local Environmental Groups Laud Resolution Adopted by SAWS – February 1
Request of Coverage: Texas Senate to Vote on Bill to Let Developers Request of Coverage: Texas Senate Vote on Bill Let Developers Clearcut Trees – April 7
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Supports Fees to Maintain Springflow and Protect Water Quality – August 4
Op-ed-Regional_Transportation_Plan_CoNB – November 17
Report Documents: Growing Threats to the Edwards Aquifer from – November 21

2010
Request for Coverage: Neighbors Object to Rock Crushing Operation by Owner of Helotes Mulch Fire Site –  January 5
KHCE: San Antonio Community Educational Television, Inc. – February 2
SGVA Press Release: San Geronimo Valley Alliance announce that a settlement agreement has been finalized between SGVA and the developer of the proposed Hills of Castle Rock – February 19
Request of Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Challenges San Antonians to Know Your BMP’s – March 8
Request of Coverage: Armendariz Reception – April 9
Press Release: Change in rate structure proposed by SAWS – June 10
Press Conference: Town Hall Meeting TCEQ Sunset Review – November 2
Request for Coverage: Town Hall Meeting TCEQ Sunset Review – November 8
Request of Coverage: Hearing on Rules to Protect the Edwards Aquifer – November 18

2009
Request of Coverage: Rep. Leibowitz Files Bill to Prohibit Discharge of Treated Sewage Effluent into Edwards Aquifer Waterways – January 16
Request of Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Educates South San ISD Honor Students at Government Canyon State Natural Area February 9
Request of Coverage: Regulators, Engineers, and Environmentalists Co-Sponsor Workshop on Low Impact Development – February 13
Request of Coverage: How to make a brown lawn more attractive – GEAA Promotes Water Conservation with Yard Sign Campaign – June 20
Request for Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Calls for Moratorium on Development within the Camp Bullis Buffer Zone – July 1
KHCE: San Antonio Community Educational Television, Inc. – July 7 Council to Consider Controversial Steubing Ranch Rezoning September 30
Farm Range Forum #1 – November 19

2008
Request of Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance asks Legislature to Take Action to Protect Water and the Texas Hill Country – January 14
Request for Coverage: Proposed Flood Control Dam Threatens Historic Maverick Ranch – February 11
AGUA Alert: Ask SAWS Board to Withdraw Applications to Expand Service (CCN) Into NW Bexar County – February 14
Local Group – 800 strongJoins Forces with Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance to Save Neighborhood from New Quarry – April 3
Request of Coverage: City Council To Consider Denial of Water Service – April 15
Request for Coverage: Hill Country Planning Association and Other Neighbors of Camp Bullis Unite With Army to Request Same Actions within Buffer Zone – June 23
Program for Kinney Town Hall Meeting: Critical Habitat for Devils River Minnow – September 22
KHCE: San Antonio Community Educational Television, Inc. – October 7
Request of Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Educates South San ISD Honor Students at Government Canyon State Natural Area – November 14
Army Comments Tract – December 11

2007
Request of Coverage: Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Calls on the Legislature to “Give Us Local Control” – January 7
Request of Coverage: Helotes Citizens Rally to Protest Inaction in Putting out Mulch Fire – January 7
Request of Coverage: Rally at Helotes City Hall Citizens Call on SAWS to Protect Their Health and Safety – March 12
Request of Coverage: Angry Citizens To Be Heard at SAWS Board Meeting – April 3
Request of Coverage: New Development Threatens Swimming Hole & Edwards Aquifer – August 27
Request of Coverage: AGUA and GEAA Call on City of San Antonio and VIA to Halt Plans for Park & Ride that Threatens the Edwards Aquifer – November 29
Request for Coverage: SAWS Takes Up Proposal to Serve Irresponsible Development In the Hill Country – November 30
Request for Coverage: City to Vote on Proposed Intense Commercial for a “Most Permeable” Property in the Recharge Zone – December 6

2005
Edwards Aquifer Advocates from Across the Hill Country Deliver “Greetings from the Heart of Texas” to Legislators – May 3

2004
Request for Coverage: Save-the-heart-of-Texas – March 3

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