Ranchers Look Underground For More Water

By Matthew Tresaugue

In this photo taken June 28, 2013, Mary Chandler feeds a horse named Krisy near a well fed water trough at her Half Circle O Ranch in Sealy, Texas. Her family has been on the land since 1885. Farmers and ranchers in Austin and Waller counties are fighting a private company's plans to pump 20 million gallons of water a day from the aquifer beneath them and send it to the growing Fort Bend County suburbs. Opponents are worried about the availability of water, as well as subsidence. She is worried about losing her water and subsidence if the permits are granted. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)

SEALY, Texas (AP) – Mary Chandler for decades has prayed for rain, but cautiously. God willing, the Brazos River won’t rise and flood the Austin County ranch where she raises cattle and harvests pecans.

Her water worries these days go beyond the vagaries of nature, and she has put her faith in a lawyer to address a new potential threat.

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