Behind Texas's Looming Crisis: Groundwater Scarcity
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Rose declined requests by phone, by e-mail and in person to be interviewed for this story.
Whatever explains legislators' inaction, it looks like western Hays County will have to wait until 2011, when another Legislature convenes, to address its water problems.
"Sadly, I think it's too late for them," says Marbury. She quickly softens that statement. "They would have to throw caution to the wind ... and there would be a severe backlash from Realtors, developers, and current permit holders."
Hollon, the Wimberley native, knows what they're up against. "We've got to come to terms with our growth," he says. "Growth is fundamental to capitalism, our banking system and so forth, but it doesn't make much sense ecologically speaking. That's going to take some time to seep in."