The EAA Act

The threat of Federal intervention caused the Texas Legislature to create the Act. The directives are intended to promote effective management of the Edwards Aquifer leading to the protection of the endangered species dependent on Comal and San Marcos springs.

The Act requires the EAA:

  • To issue permits on all wells that do not meet exempt well requirements
  • To limit the total amount of annual water withdrawals to 572,000 acre feet
  • To have meters on all wells that do not meet exempt well requirements
  • To require drought restrictions that include specific triggers and reduction amounts
  • To have single-member districts for its 15 elected directors
  • To include a built-in interest group to consider the effect of the EAA’s actions on downstream users