A Comal County ranch owner ponders selling his land, setting off another clash between property rights and environmental concerns

When the owner applied for a state permit that could pave the way for a subdivision, neighbors and environmentalists rallied against it in the name of protecting the area’s rivers and the Edwards Aquifer.

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“We love it here, we built this house to grow old in. It would be a shame if we couldn’t age here,” said Guckian, 65.

“The Edwards is one of the most prolific water systems in the world,” Peace said, adding that it’s also “incredibly vulnerable to pollution.”

“There are caves there, this is on the contributing zone, it’s very near the recharge zone. A lot of that [waste]water would be going directly into the aquifer through these recharge features with no filtration," Peace said.

“I don’t think developers are thinking about us. They don’t know how much they’re going to affect us,” said Bell, whose family bought the 34-acre ranch in 2012. “I’ve already started fencing my property to protect myself a little bit.”

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