Landowner Alert System 11-17-20

Water Rights:

As the Texas Hill Country and surrounding communities grow, municipalities face complicated issues, including wastewater discharge. Sewage with its nutrient pollutants can cause algae growth, which arguably reduces property and recreational values. While the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) granted Dripping Springs’ wastewater discharge permit, the first Appeal to the Travis County District Court reversed the TCEQ’s ruling. The determination by the second Appeal to the Texas Court of Appeals in Austin will be a critical review balancing the interpretation of the Texas Water Code and impacts to sensitive water resources on private lands like Onion Creek. For more information, or to speak with a Braun & Gresham attorney about your water rights, contact (512) 894-5426 or email preznik@braungresham.com to discuss your rights.

Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor


Dripping Springs Appeals Texas Court Ruling on Discharge of Treated Wastewater into Onion Creek Tributary

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Dripping Springs have filed an appeal to the Third Court of Appeals regarding the Texas district court’s decision to reverse the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“TPDES”) wastewater treatment permit, according to a City press release… READ MORE

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Conservation:

An overwhelming 69.54% of Hays County voters approved Proposition A – the November 2020 ballot measure that, now passed, will generate $75 million in funding for the acquisition of new County parklands as well as the preservation and protection of open spaces and ecologically sensitive areas.  While several projects were identified in the process of determining whether the bond measure warranted a place on the ballot, owners of Hays County land who are interested in selling a portion of their property or a conservation easement over their land to the County should present their projects to the County without delay.  Leading up to the election, several individuals, land trusts, and local businesses helped to pass this initiative – we are grateful for their efforts, and look forward to working with landowners interested in pursuing conservation deals with Hays County.  To discuss whether your land qualifies for Hays County or other available funding sources, please contact Kathryn Tancig at (352) 262-5685 or ktancig@braungresham.com.

Kathryn Tancig, Attorney & Counselor


Voters Approve Hays County Parks Bond

The polls are closed, and the preliminary results are in. The Hays County Parks Bond, Proposition A, was approved on Tuesday, Nov. 3, by 69.54% of voters. Over 71,000 people voted for the proposition, which aims to provide funding for the creation of new parks, the protection of open spaces, and the preservation of natural areas within Hays County… READ MORE

3.7 Billion for Parks, Climate Resiliency, and Public Lands Approved by Voters

According to a Trust for Public Land analysis, on Election Day, voters approved nearly $3.7 billion in new funding for parks, climate resiliency, and public lands. Following on the heels of unprecedented increases in visitation to public lands — from neighborhood parks to national parks — during the COVID-19 crisis… READ MORE

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