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Texas Water Wars Conference: March 19th – Y’all Come!

It is time for you to make a reservation to the Texas Water Wars Conference in Cedar Creek* on Saturday, March 19th.  Yes, it is a free event!  Yes, it is at the beautiful McKinney Roughs Nature Park.  And, yes, we have a terrific line-up of speakers (see below) and this is an ACTION conference.  

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Statewide Moratorium on Water Permits – Act Now – & be in Bastrop on March 19th!

The Texas Water Development Board, all six Perry appointees, have abdicated their duties to "provide for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas."  We believe they are operating in violation of the Water Code.

What's more, is groundwater contamination is a real threat.  If you don't believe it, read this.
 
This is why we have joined with other organizations (and more are on the way) to urge the Texas Legislature to: 
 
(1) Enact a statewide Moratorium on Groundwater Permits, 
(2) To call upon the Governor to call a special session in the summer to address the water crisis, and 
(3) To hold hearings to inform and involve the public.
 
Please use these documents below to inform yourself.  Then call your State Representative and State Senator (click here to find them).    
 
 
Please come to our statewide ACTION conference (click on flier below), "The Texas Water War:  Is there a solution and who decides" on Saturday, March 19th from 10 to 5 pm.  This event will address legislative, legal and community action.  You may reserve a free seat to this event by replying to this message with your name, the number of seats and your phone number.  If you're organization wants a table, please contact us right away.  
 
Please forward this email to your friends across the Lone Star State!
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Breaking News, Report & Action Request

News!  The Texas Water Development Board has been sued due to their failure to resolve another water conflict in NE Texas.  More soon on this breaking news!

Thanks to the 100+ folks who attended the meeting last Saturday in Bastrop.  Read this great report in the Bastrop Advertiser.  And watch this YNN report.
 
Take Action!  
 
*  NOW is the time to contact your state legislators – find them here. What to tell them:  
 
You want Texas groundwater protected from the private profiteers who are taking advantage of loopholes in the Texas Water Code created by our elected officials!   It's your legislator's job to find a solution.  Don't take no for an answer.   If they say they need to deal with the budget, tell them you know.  Tell them you also know the state is wasting money and bonding authority on a 100-mile pipeline (now called "The State Pipeline") to help private profiteers grab someone else's groundwater.  Potentially killing local agriculture and economic development will kill jobs.  (Note:  Rep. Kleinschmidt has and others will claim that the legislature doesn't have time to deal with it, yet has introduced all kinds of other unrelated bills.)  Make sure you contact your State Senator too. If you need help, call us, but do the next step first.
 
*  Our new Texas Water Statement of Facts, Fiction, Principals and Action is online here.  Read it and use it in your contact with legislators.  Get your friends and family to sign on. Below my signature is a copy you can print out and take to your neighbors.  Then mail it to us.
 
*  A March 19th STATEWIDE full day conference on water — geared towards citizens taking action — will be held in Bastrop.  Mark your calendars and send a note here to reserve a seat.  Include your name, phone number and city.  We also need volunteers to help, including with outreach throughout the state.
 
*  We need funds to put on this event. Send a check to Independent Texans (address below) or give online here.  Contributions are not tax-deductible.  If you want to give a tax-deductible contribution to the conference, please give to Environmental Stewardship here click on the support & donations button and specify it's for the March 19th conference.  
 
*  Please join the local food advocacy group the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance for as little as $10.  Judith McGeary, FARFA director, along with small farmers and ranchers will play an important role in our efforts to protect groundwater.
 
We are back to holding regular conference calls.  Our next one is Sunday night at 7 pm.  If you'd like to join the call, please call the office number below or reply to this message with your name and phone.  
 
The Texas water war is now clearly tied to our state's independence from those who seek to profit, no matter what the results may be on the rest of us.  Let's work together y'all or may we forever hold our peace! 
 
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THIS Saturday, Stop the Trans-Texas Water Highway

Please spread the word and get yourself and others to Bastrop this Saturday, January 15th, 2-4 pm for this important water forum. We are sounding bell to all voters to join together in a statewide mobilizing effort to shore up local control of groundwater.  Only a unified effort can stop the State Pipeline (aka the Trans-Texas Water Highway):

WHEN:  Saturday, January 15th, 2-4 pm
PLACE:  Bastrop Library, 1101 Church Street
TOPIC:  The Texas Water War:  Will the people unite!
SPEAKERS:  Judith McGeary, Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
Pati Jacobs, Bastrop rancher
Phil Cook, Sierra Club
Steve Box, Environmental Stewardship
 
Bring your friends — from the tea party to green party — all are welcome and needed!  
 
Note:  If you can show up at 1:30 to help set up the room, or help afterwards, please reply to this message or call us at 512-535-0989

PS  Austin's News 8 (now YNN) just ran this piece about our fight for local water control.  They'll be there on Saturday too.  

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Jan 15, be there if you care about your water

Months ago, we incorrectly reported to you that the plan by private water vendors to raid the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer that feeds Bastrop and Lee counties (aka the Simsboro Pipeline Project) was all but dead.  It is VERY much alive.  Its statewide implications are now clear.

On December 16th, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB, all 6 Perry appointees) approved the pipeline over the objections of the local community and groundwater district — while in the same breath claiming Texas could not afford water conservation. The original plan for a 50-mile, $300 million pipeline is now a 100-mile, $400+ million pipeline —  (Watch the entire meeting online here–our discussion starts at 51.44).
 
The stage is now set for a statewide water war and the related rise of an independent (outside the parties, non-aligned) unified movement.  
 
The question is whether local communities will have any real control over their groundwater — as we have argued — a bigger, badder Trans-Texas Corridor.
 
Consider these facts:

·       1,000 people per day are moving to Texas — many from California who already lost their water war.  Growth should pay for itself, but is currently rigged to help large-scale developers.  (See CostofGrowth.com and ChangeAustin.org.)

·       Hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is mushrooming and requires massive amounts of water.  Citizens and officials in the DFW area are raising legitimate concerns about potential contamination of groundwater from thousands of wells.  Now, Chinese state owned energy company investments that will help escalate fracking wells from Milam County to south Texas counties (through Fayette & Lee counties.)

·       The Texas Railroad Commission already has the power to exempt oil and gas drilling from the regular process for groundwater permitting.

·       Local control of groundwater is under attack.  The TWDB decision was a set up for private water vendors to sue local groundwater districts.

If the State Pipeline becomes a reality, the Governor's allies will pick the winners and losers in the water war, threatening economic stability and local food sources.

We — citizens, local government and local businesses, urban, rural, conservative ranchers to urban environmentalists — must stand together.  We must not let this happen.  
 
Be there! Saturday, January 15th, to listen, learn and participate in making plans to organize in your local community for a statewide effort!
 
WHEN:  Saturday, January 15th, 2-4 pm
PLACE:  Bastrop Library, 1101 Church Street
TOPIC:  The Texas Water War:  Will the people unite?
SPEAKERS (so far):  Judith McGeary (or rep), Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
Pati Jacobs, Bastrop rancher
Linda Curtis, Independent Texans
Phil Cook, Sierra Club
Steve Box, Environmental Stewardship 
 
Never forget — they told us we could not stop the Trans-Texas Corridor.  
 
Please forward this on and bring friends & neighbors!
 
We have only just begun to fight!  John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War Hero
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Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

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Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:

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Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose

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