Commissioners debate the creation and funding of a groundwater conservation district in southwest Travis County
Commissioners debated Tuesday over whether to hold an election to create and fund a conservation district that would regulate, protect and conserve the groundwater supply derived from the Trinity Aquifer, one of nine major aquifers in the state.
In January 2017, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, recommended to the 85th Legislature that a regulatory entity be created to protect an area over the Trinity Aquifer which is not covered by any groundwater conservation district. State Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, filed House Bill 922 on Jan. 11, 2017 to establish a groundwater conservation district in the area, his third such attempt in three legislative sessions.
The Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District would encompass all of the county south of the Colorado River and west of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District’s border, which runs southwest from the Colorado River along Westlake Drive and Camp Craft Road in West Lake Hills. The district would cover roughly 200 square miles, making it smaller than many in the state.
AT&T to open 5G lab in Austin this spring
In preparation of launching its 5G mobile network in 2018, AT&T Inc. announced Feb. 21 it will open a 5G lab in North Austin this spring, a company representative confirmed.
The first dozen cities to get mobile 5G include parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco. AT&T began doing 5G field trials in 2016 and tested the service with some residential customers as well as small and large businesses and high-traffic retail areas.
The 5G lab in Austin will allow AT&T workers to conduct tests to deploy the 5G mobile network. Engineers will be able to build and test solutions and run stress tests based on real customer experiences.
Lake Travis ISD draws multiple candidates for May 5 trustee election
Lake Travis ISD will have three contested school board races on May 5, with multiple candidates filing to run in the election.
According to information from district spokesperson Marco Alvarado, six candidates filed for places 1 and 2 before the close of the filing period on Feb. 16.
In the special election to fill the final year of Alex Alexander’s term in Place 3, four candidates have filed for the position as of the morning of Feb. 20, Alvarado said. The candidate filing period for the special election is open until March 5.
What Travis County residents need to know about casting a ballot in the March 6 primary election
Voters will cast a ballot for races ranging from local seat races, such as county judge, county commissioner and county clerk, to statewide seat races, such as governor, state representative and land commissioner.
County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir is anticipating about a 20 percent turnout and estimated the election to cost about $1.14 million.
See this guide for more information on how to vote in a primary election and how a candidate is selected.
Early voting runs Feb. 20-March 2. Election day is March 6. If needed, a runoff election will be held May 22.