The Edwards Aquifer Authority is a political subdivision of the State of Texas that was created to manage, enhance, and protect the Edwards Aquifer system. The EAA participates in the Region L water planning group and is a member of Groundwater Management Area 7, 9, 10, and 13; the Texas Association of Groundwater Districts; and the Texas Water Conservation Association.
The EAA provides various information and resources for permitholders, including Groundwater permit forms and applications, as well as well owner forms and applications.
The EAA was created in 1993 by the Texas Legislature’s passage of the EAA Act. The Act grants all of the powers, rights, and privileges necessary to manage, conserve, preserve, and protect the aquifer and to increase the recharge of, and prevent the waste or pollution of water in, the aquifer.
Basins in the drainage area of the Edwards Aquifer region collect rainfall and funnel it into fractures, faults, and fissures in the ground. These geologic conduits are direct pathways into the aquifer and, while allowing recharge to occur, contamination is also a possibility.
The EAA publishes its research findings and provides real-time data for permit holders, well owners, educators, and members of the community. Up-to-date readings as well as historical data can be accessed here.
Thursday's weather is hard to beat, and while it may have been dry, 2016 will likely go down in the record books as a wet year. It serves as a contrast to years past.