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Opinion: Trenching, Installation of Water Lines Imperil Much-Celebrated Plan to Preserve Honey Creek

Honey Creek State Natural Area is maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Image courtesy of TPWD.

by Annalisa Peace
Executive Director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance

According to our members in Bulverde, it looks like trenching and installation of water lines to supply the Honey Creek Ranch MUD are progressing. We suspect that Harold “Trip” duPerier III, principal of Texas Water Supply Company, and the Urbanczyk family have yet to reach an agreement on voiding the contract to supply Honey Creek Ranch with water.

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We had been told previously by representatives of Silesia, the company that planned to build 1,640 homes on 560 acres just upstream of the Honey Creek State Natural Area, that if they were not able to void the water contract, they would be forced to build out the Honey Creek Ranch development as previously planned.

We do not know details of negotiations between these parties but, we sincerely hope that an agreement can be reached that will allow the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Nature Conservancy of Texas to purchase the property.

What we do know is that in the worst-case scenario, the party responsible for sinking this much-celebrated plan to preserve the pristine waters of Honey Creek would be one of the most hated people in Texas.

We appreciate the goodwill of all parties, including the Urbanczyk family, in broaching the prospect of permanently protecting Honey Creek Ranch and hope that it is not all for naught.

It is our heartfelt hope that 2022 will bring news of a solution that we can all celebrate.

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