Protect Our Blanco (POB) will host a Community Meeting on March 3rd at 6:00 pm at Old 300 BBQ in Blanco to share the latest news about their contested case hearing, and water quality results from the discharge site. WVWA’s Executive Director, David Baker, will give a presentation highlighting the impacts of the city’s current discharge practices. View videos and presentations at ProtectOurBlanco.org/Resources. [updated: 3/3/2020]
The City of Blanco is requesting a permit from TCEQ to discharge 1.6 million gallons of treated wastewater daily into the Blanco River. Read more about the effects of such a permit below.
The proposed discharge permit will add pollution to the Blanco River, which provides essential, clean recharge water for the Edwards and Trinity Aquifers – the primary sources of drinking water supplies for more than 3 million residents of Central and South Central Texas. The Edwards Aquifer and its Great Springs – Comal Springs, San Marcos Springs, and Barton Springs —support a major tourism economy and are much loved by Texans from across the state. This discharge proposal threatens these irreplaceable natural waters, the beautiful creeks and rivers that replenish their flows, and state and local parks located along these interconnected waterways.
We encourage the City of Blanco to adopt One Water practices and explore alternatives to direct discharge of treated wastewater, including land application and beneficial reuse, and to serve as a model for other Hill Country communities as they grow.