A developer planning a subdivision upstream of a sensitive Hill Country stream has changed his plans to avoid filling the creek with treated wastewater.
This month, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality held public hearings for discharges affecting Honey Creek and Commissioners Creek.
Salamander species unique to the Edwards Aquifer and neighboring caves can provide evolutionary clues to biologists and other scientists.
The permit currently under review by the TCEQ would allow the sewage plant to discharge up to an average of 500,000 gallons per day into Honey Creek.
Biologists and naturalists fear a steady flow of treated sewage will spell disaster for one of the last untouched Hill Country spring-fed streams.