Historic Watershed Ordinance Lacks Teeth

Cooksey City Council, 1986 (Frank Cooksey Personal Collection)

Cooksey City Council, 1986
Frank Cooksey Personal Collection


The Cooksey Council passes the Comprehensive Watershed Ordinance, limiting impervious cover for the first time. However 87% of requests for exemptions from the new ordinance are granted by the city.

We finally got the watershed ordinance, the Comprehensive Watershed Ordinance, but it got watered down a little bit because [City Councilmember] George Humphrey said, 'Well, if we're going to protect the Barton Springs part, then maybe we should not have as strict requirements in the eastern watersheds.'

— Mary Arnold, Environmental Advocate


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