AGUA (Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas) is a coalition
of concerned individuals and citizen groups working to protect the Edwards
Aquifer. Our goals are to strengthen the regulations designed to protect
the aquifer, ensure enforcement of existing laws, alert the public to
impending threats, and mobilize public support for aquifer protection
Active from 1993 through 1997, AGUA was a coalition of 32 member
groups and local neighborhood associations, including Bexar Audubon Society,
San Antonio Conservation Society, Citizens Organized for Public Service
(COPS)/Metro Alliance, Alamo Group of the Sierra Club, Southside Chamber
of Commerce, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican
American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Citizens' Action,
Clean Water Action, San Antonio Area League of Women Voters, San Antonio
Coalition of Neighborhood Associations, and Northside Neighborhoods for
Organized Development (NNOD). The coalition achieved many of its goals,
the chief of which was the passage of a comprehensive set of water quality
ordinances. AGUA disbanded in the summer of 1997, though its members continued
to work together on a variety of issues concerning aquifer protection.
In 2003, the working group that now comprises the AGUA
board received a grant for research and community outreach from Cynthia
and George P. Mitchell through the Greater Edwards Aquifer
Alliance. AGUA has since been recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
We are once more building a strong and effective membership of groups
and individuals to advocate for protection of Bexar County’s most
precious water resource.
AGUA works with several organizations, both local and regional, for the protection
of the Edwards Aquifer and its contributing watersheds within Bexar County.
AGUA is a member of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, a coalition of groups
from throughout the entire Edwards region organized to influence policy at the
AGUA conducts research used to shape public policy regarding land use
in Bexar County. AGUA employs paid staff and volunteers in research, educational
and outreach activities designed to promote Aquifer protection policies and
create a cadre of “Aquifer Guardians” ready to take action on behalf
of the Edwards Aquifer and all who rely on the purity of this water supply.