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Page 4A Hays Free Press November 16 2016 + m BY SAMANTHA SMITH Debate raged during a public meeting at Dripping Springs Ranch Park Nov. ll rthe city of Dripping proposed dis- charge permit application to theTexas Commission on Enviromnental Quality (TCEQ). The meeting requested by Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac, gave residents the chafice to address concerns about wastewater dis- ch! g potentially polluting o n-Creek as a result of th dVsdmft permit. The permit would allow the city toi charge close to one ngallons of treated effiU t per da3t into Walnut Spas, which is a tributary of Odlon Creek. TCEQ staff, as well as Andy Barrett, Dripping Springs city attomey who spoke on behalf of the addressed residents' questions. The public forum was moderated by Brad Pater- son, a member of TCEQ staff, who worked in the office of the Chief Clerk for TCEQ. "We feel bad that people are concemed about this," Barret said. Barrett explained to residents before the question/answer segment of the meeting that there are many options for cities when it comes to wastewa- ter permits, but a discharge permit through TCEQ wo be more "flexible" for their: said the city is c fly on a drip irriga- ti tem in Dripping Spas:that, incidentall is great system for the due to the soil consis- tency. Barrett said from the be- ginning of the application process a fewyears ago, the PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH Richard Beggs shows examples of signs that he "doesn't want the city to have to post" to the TCEQ and Dripping Springs councilmembers and staff. city has always intended to use the bulk of the effluent water for beneficial reuse instead of discharging 995,000 gallons into Onion Creek daffy. "We really believe we are going to be reusing most of the water most of the time," Barrett said. Paterson reminded ev- eryone the meeting was an open public forum in which no decisions regarding the acceptance or denial of the discharge permit applica- tion were going to be made. One question posed by Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Board of Directors President Blayne Stansberry was to abate the applica- tion process if compelling evidence was found proving discharging into Onion Creek would cause negative effects prompted accept- able responses. Rick Braun, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) board president, wanted to know if the draft permit could be changed based on environ- mental concerns and want- ed copies of docmnents from TCEQ. "There is still the pos- sibility we can change the draft permit," TCEQ staff answered. Sixty-five people signed up to speak in the public comment portion of the meeting. Through the varied comments, a single unanimous theme rose to the ears oftheTCEQ and city of Dripping Springs. Many residents were concerned about the potential for biochemical pollutants in drinking and recreation water as a result of the city discharging treated effluent into Onion Creek. Rich Beggs, president of Protect our Water, held signs during his comment that warned people to not drink, wash or prepare food with water from a well. Beggs said he had hoped the citywould not have to place similar signs as a result of the permit. "We want growth in the community but not at the risk of human health," one person said. One such solution presented by a public comment was that TCEQ perform a radioactive dye test to determine the path of the discharged water by tracking the dye from the source of the discharge. No decisions have been made at this point as the draft permit application is still being reviewed by TCEQ. , See all your local news online 24/7 at www. .OO1TI x=' L + I TI ! ....... .... :i !:i ;ti)I: II