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Eagle Ford: SARA releases Eagle Ford shale handbook




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The San Antonio River Authority (SARA), through conversations with its downstream constituents and elected officials, identified an opportunity to assist communities as they undergo rapid development due to Eagle Ford shale exploration.

SARA contracted with Texas Public Partners to research the best practices of Texas communities, particularly those that have experienced similar exploration stresses, to bring together in a comprehensive handbook those ordinances, resolutions, and planning strategies that have made positive differences in shaping how a community develops.

The Best Practices Handbook to Assist Communities in the Eagle Ford Shale focuses on practices and ordinances that preserve and enhance water quality, preserve natural watershed functions, manage the quality and quantity of storm water runoff, address road infrastructure issues, floodplain land use concerns, and community development issues.

Suzanne Scott, SARA’s general manager, said, “We developed this handbook to assist communities in responding to the rapid growth while protecting the sustainability and environmental health of the San Antonio River Watershed.”

Karnes County Judge Barbara Shaw said, “We appreciate SARA thinking about the development issues we are experiencing due to the Eagle Ford shale play and we see this handbook as a great resource as we address our present and future development issues.”

SARA held workshops in Goliad, Karnes, and Wilson counties to help familiarize elected officials with the handbook’s organization and content. SARA is responding to individual calls for additional information and support and will continue these outreach efforts.

The handbook is available online on the SARA website at www.sara-tx.org.

For information, contact Brian Mast at 210- 302-3287 or bmast@sara-tx.org.
 

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