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Spring Branch residents concerned about wastewater amid new development proposal

SAN ANTONIO – Dozens of Spring Branch residents attended a meeting hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) after mentioning considerations about the discharge of handled wastewater right into a creek that feeds into Canyon Lake and the potential development of greater than 700 properties.

The meeting at Smithson Valley Middle School on Thursday was to assessment a allow to launch the handled water into Cypress Creek.

Harrison Cole Malley, an lawyer with TCEQ, mentioned the allow approval is the primary course of earlier than the development of a facility can start.

“It really is health and safety for the public. Is it environmentally healthy? If it meets those two basic criteria and all, and then if it passes all of our review processes, then it’s deemed to be complying with all the rules and regulations,” Malley mentioned.

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He mentioned the remark gathering and neighborhood listening to course of take time. It could possibly be a number of months for the approval or rejection to be introduced.

It’s step one within the anticipated proposal for the development of properties within the Spring Branch neighborhood.

The TCEQ has nothing to do with that development proposal. Still, many residents like Nina Asher attended the meeting to point out their opposition to all the plan, beginning with the shortage of water within the space.

“People’s wells are already running dry. Besides the fact that they’re going to get all this stuff into our water system and pollute our water, even then, they say it’s clean. That’s why I’m here — to find out more about this, because the traffic, everything,” Asher mentioned.

Tom Buttler lives close to the creek the place the water can be dumped. He worries about what number of neighbors it might affect.

“We just don’t want this type of environment out here. We have a lot of people come out here for the river and the lake and things like that. And it’s a beautiful area, but 718 homes on 169 acres, basically with 31 acre business park is just way too many homes,” Buttler mentioned.

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The TCEQ will take the feedback concerning the allow and supply solutions and assessment the allow request.

Click here to seek out out about the allow request and find out how to submit considerations and feedback.

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