On Wednesday, April 9, the San Antonio City Council was updated on the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (EAPP). The protection program, which allocates 1/8th of penny sales tax for the purchase of conservation easements, was first approved by voters in 2000, and reapproved in 2005 and 2010. Thus far, the program has funded 49 conservation easements, protecting 119,825 acres from development that would impact our water quality. That is the equivalent of 51 percent of our current water supply.
Today, 90 percent of San Antonio’s drinking water comes from the Edwards Aquifer. Over the next 50 years, even with supply diversification, the Edwards Aquifer will remain the backbone of San Antonio’s water supply. If allowed to continue, as voters have overwhelmingly done, the EAPP will allow us to protect our entire Edwards Aquifer water supply by the year 2060.
See the LMI evaluation of the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program: http://www.scribd.com/doc/217344483/Edwards-Program-Sustainability-Study-1-1
Protecting our water quality, for ourselves, our children and grandchildren, is a worthy endeavor. Please comment below with your thoughts on this program. I look forward to hearing from you!