Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2002


San Antonio can't get enough water.

I don't mean in 2050 or something vague like that. Five years, maybe sooner.

It's later than we think.

After the Sierra Club's evil lawsuit which everyone knew about, a law was passed that not everyone heard about. San Antonio must reduce our use of Edwards Aquifer water. Never mind the city is expanding like crazy. Instead of getting to use more water as the population grows, the law says we will have to use less and less. Not even as much as we use now.

The Aquifer Authority would like to have San Antonio's water limit raised. But towns around here will fight that. They've already started.

San Marcos wants its spring level protected. New Braunfels, too. Victoria and Cuero are on defense. River towns formed the Guadalupe Basin Coalition, with one goal: keep the Texas legislature from giving San Antonio more water. It will be a fight.

Now a completely different thought: in yesterday's Express-News story about our Toyota rival in Arkansas, this sentence: "Looming over the site is a 1 million-gallon water tower." Ample water, no fights. That's as good as it gets. Happy people, noodle salad. The water tower is a powerful symbol.

I will report more on our new, terrible, local, unavoidable water war in the coming days. If you don't know about it yet, on local Talk radio, you will.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

• Austin American-Statesman Dec 15, 2002 "Pumping limits for aquifer may rise"
• San Antonio Express-News Dec. 15, 2002 "We want it, they could get it — Toyota"
• Background: Victoria Advocate Nov. 5, 2002 "Victoria may join Guadalupe Basin Coalition"

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