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KSAT Covers EAPP's Conservation Easement Annual Monitoring Inspection
On May 4th, local news station KSAT-12 covered the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program’s annual monitoring inspection of the Young Ranch - one of the City's conservation easements.  Susan Courage of the EAPP along with the Edwards Aquifer Authority and the landowners are interviewed by KSAT reporters.

City of San Antonio Contributes $5 Million to Help Protect Crescent Hills Property


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Land Conservation is Critical for Aquifer Protection

In the Summer issue of the Texas Water Resource Institute’s TX-H2O magazine, the City of San Antonio’s aquifer protection program is prominently featured.  The article, “Protect Our Land, Protect Our Water,” is available in print and online at the TWRI website.  It focuses on land conservation efforts by the City of San Antonio and other communities around the state that are designed to also protect local water resources.

KSAT Covers EAPP Annual Report to City Council
On April 9th, local news station KSAT-12 covered the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program’s annual report to San Antonio City Council during a B-session meeting.  Dr. Francine Romero, chair of the program’s oversight committee, the Conservation Advisory Board, is interviewed by KSAT reporters.

City Leaders Mark Progress of Aquifer Protection Program
In April, the City’s aquifer protection program staff gave their annual report on the status of the program to San Antonio City Council members.  Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Loyd reported on the program and its success over the years.

San Antonio Express-News explores Seco Sinkhole on City-Protected Land
The Seco Sinkhole, one of the largest known recharge features over the Edwards Aquifer, was recently featured in a San Antonio Express-News article. The sinkhole, which measure approximately 40 feet across at its widest point, is located on private land in Medina County that is protected by a City of San Antonio conservation easement under the Citys aquifer protection program.

San Antonio Can Lead the Way for Water
Andrew Sansom, with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, explains how the City of San Antonio can and should serve as the municipal vanguard to lead the way for water conservation and policy throughout the state.

San Antonio Express-News Reports 461 Acres Added to Government Canyon State Natural Area
In early April the City of San Antonio and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) finalized the acquisition of 461 acres over the Recharge Zone of the Edwards Aquifer that will become part of Government Canyon State Natural Area in northwest Bexar County. The City contributed $7million from the voter-supported Edwards Aquifer Protection Program toward the purchase price of the land. Additional funds were leveraged from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and TPWD for the acquisition.

KSAT-12 Learns about the City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
In October, a KSAT-12 news crew visited one of the properties protected under the City of San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program. Reporter Justin Horne interviewed City staff as well as the landowner, and ventured down into one of the recharge caves on the property for some great footage.

Rivard Report Spotlights City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
On September 28, 2012, the Rivard Report featured an article by Dr. Francine Sanders Romero, chair of the City of San Antonio's Conservation Advisory Board, on the importance of the City's aquifer protection initiative. The Rivard Report is a local, independent website dedicated to issues that impact the greater San Antonio community.

KSAT-12 Highlights City of San Antonio-Edwards Aquifer Authority Partnership
KSAT-12 news recently reported on the City of San Antonio (CoSA)’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Progam and the partnership between CoSA and the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) for monitoring protected lands. KSAT-12 reporter Justin Horne joined CoSA and EAA staff on a site visit to one of the program's conservation easements.

Water is Life - by Andrew Sansom
Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University in San Marcos, wrote a new water conservation article for the Texas Co-op Power website that mentions the City of San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program conservation easement program.

San Antonio Express-News Covers City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
On June 5, 2012, the City of San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program featured prominently in a San Antonio Express-News article by Colin McDonald.

Nature Conservancy Magazine Discusses City of San Antonio Aquifer Protection Program
The May 2012 issue of The Nature Conservancy magazine features an in-depth look at the Cityof San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.

The SET Geospatial Model
In June 2011, the City of San Antonio's Edwards Aquifer Protection Program entered into a contract for professional services with Austin-based Bosse & Associates to design and create a geospatial model of land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge and surrounding zones. This model serves as a decision-making tool for the the program's Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) and Land Acquisition Team (LAT) to assist in identifying properties that may be considered for the conservation easement program. The model uses a variety of indicators to identify properties that contain unique and desirable features that warrant long term protection related to the Edwards Aquifer. The indicators were established by the Scientific Evaluation Team (SET) which is composed of regional experts in biology, hydrology and geology. The SET is comprised of scientific experts representing various disciplines from an assortment of agencies and institutions, including the Edwards Aquifer Authority, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey and the San Antonio Water System.

The SET model is a science-based geospatial model that allows program staff, the LAT, and the CAB to evaluate individual properties (or a cluster of properties) based on attributes that are valuable to enhancing water quality and quantity over the sensitive areas of the aquifer. The model utilizes multiple datasets that reflect the most current information regarding items such as: permeability of the Edwards limestone below the surface; the streams and creeks flowing over the surface; the types of plants present; and the adjacency to existing preserved open spaces.

The SET model was created to be a tool for ranking properties that have been identified for possible inclusion into the program. However, it is only a starting point for deciding which properties eventually have a conservation easement placed on them. That decision ultimately rests with the San Antonio City Council.

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