State Undercuts Watershed Protection Efforts

Outskirts of Austin, 1986 (Courtesy Austin Rail Now)

Outskirts of Austin, 1986
Courtesy Austin Rail Now

May 1987

House Bill 4 weakens Austin's ability to protect water quality, sanctioning grandfathering exemptions.

I've warned this council that if we go too far in using growth-limiting policies we risk seeing our ordinances dismantled by the Legislature... you're just adding gasoline to the fire.

— City Councilmember Mark Rose, 1987

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