Lee County

Reply requested: No eminent domain for private gain, Santa.

Coming out of 9 East Texas hearings, the League of Independent Voters of Texas has prepared a report and is making a call to action in January!

On the weekend of January 11-12, in the small town of Paige (Bastrop County), the League is bringing in outside help to develop a revolutionary approach to regaining local control, in the anti-federalist spirit of Jefferson, Madison and Thomas Paine.

Click on this link, and come to Paige!

Texans are besieged with corporate interests using eminent domain for private gain, while state officials try to shift blame to the feds. That dog don’t hunt, guys, since you’re in charge in Texas.

* Forestar Real Estate Group’s rehearing last Monday for more groundwater from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District resulted in no Board action until they review all the testimony. Wimberley’s Malcolm Harris, an expert attorney in water rights, turned a lot of heads with this testimony, as did Michele Gangnes’ (Neighbors for Neighbors) testimony here. Special thanks to Travis County residents, Roger Baker (Save Our Springs) and Dick Kallerman (Sierra Cub, Austin), for their supportive testimony. And, as always, Environmental Stewardship did the heavy lifting providing expert testimony for the recordES received over $500 in donations at the hearing — thank y’all! If you still want to help, please send a tax-deductible donation to Environmental Stewardship, PO Box 1423, Bastrop, TX 78602.

Please also send your comments about the Forestar rehearing request here to the Lost Pines GCD.

*  Terri Hall (Texas TURF) writes about private developers seizing Terrell Graham’s property in the Texas Hill Country to discharge treated sewage. Click here and take action for Mr. Graham, who also reached out to us.

Again, click on this link about the East Texas hearings and what the plan is for Jan. 11-12.  


Very Important Updates! Water, land, eminent domain and corporate personhood! See you soon, we hope!

Expect a full report soon — with an action request — from the League of Independent Voters on 7 of the 9 recent East Texas hearings on eminent domain, public safety and protection of waterways. Meanwhile, please take a moment to read this release from NacStop.org, a group that’s been fighting for East Texas pipeline safety for three years.


*  This is a quick note to ask you to mark your calendars and get to Giddings this Monday for a critical hearing about the attempted groundwater grab by Forestar Real Estate Group. The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District granted a last minute rehearing to Forestar.  Meanwhile, as you may know, Forestar and Hays County Commissioner’s Court have formed an unholy alliance that is urging for a favorable opinion from Attorney General Greg Abbott to aid their water raid on the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer mostly underlying Lee County. Come to this important hearing — wherever you live! No matter what happens, this is shaping up as ground zero for local water control and a issue in the Governor’s race.

Monday, December 16th, 6 pm Lost Pines Water Hearing!
American Legion, 1502 Hwy. 77, Giddings, TX map here.

*  January 11-12, the League of Independent Voters of Texas will hold a two day affair about local control.  There’s this national group, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, that has worked with 150 communities so far to begin to overturn the 100 years of case law supporting “corporate personhood.” Corporate personhood, in CELDF’s view, forms the foundation of the “crony capitalism” that has begun to bring folks together across the partisan divide to protect our land and water.  Can the CELDF model for local control help us continue to build a broad independent populist alliance in Texas? More details next week!


Show up tomorrow night y’all!

I’ve tried to leave you at peace for at least a few days and truly hope your Thanksgiving was a good one.

However, there are new and old challenges to our water we need to talk about!

I’ve asked Steve Box, Environmental Stewardship, to come update us on the challenges with Forestar and EndOp to moving our water. There is also increased fracking in our two counties — 12 new wells.

We need to get together to see what we can do to stop the mass exportation of our water, while ensuring we have no contamination incidents!

We will try to reach our County Judges tomorrow to see what they recommend and can do with us — but we need you to be in Paige tomorrow night at 6:30 pm!

Monday, December 2, 2013
Independent Texans Meeting
Paige Community Center
107 S. Main (at 290)
6:30-8:00 pm

Show your true Texas grit, folks — show up!


Release: What Really Happaned Last Night!


What really happened last night is this.  Over 300,000 Texans (27%) stood up to some of the largest corporations in the world, and the two most powerful lobbies in Texas, from oil and gas and real estate — and their bankroll of $2M.

They spent $2.39 per vote.  We spent .009 — less than 1 penny — per vote. In addition, they had some well-intended people with some bad politics (from a wing of the environmental movement) fronting for them!

Let it not go unnoticed that home of the Speaker’s efforts to move groundwater — Bastrop and Lee counties, and our neighbors in Austin County — (not to mention nearby Fayette, and Lavaca counties) Nixed Prop 6!

Lee County, the home of Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (the do-nothing lap dog of Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus, who led the campaign for Prop 6), Nixed 6 by 62%!  Bastrop and Austin counties were close behind at 55%.

AND, several northeast counties, where farmers have been fighting the Marvin Nichols Reservoir for over a decade (Cass, Red River and Bowie) led the Nix 6 vote, with Cass County Nixing 6 with over 71%.

We also saw very strong showings throughout northeast Texas, thanks to the leadership of Rep. David Simpson.

A note received from Rep. Simpson this morning:  “I was grateful to work with Independent Texans in a trans-partisan and grassroots effort to inform voters about proposition 6. Where we were able to get the word out, it was well received.”

Congratulations are also in order to Linda Kaye Rogers, who handily won election to the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District!

We are deeply proud of the people in 18 counties that Nixed Prop 6!  http://www.texastribune.org/2013/11/05/constitutional-amendment-election-results/?c=156976

Get some rest and get ready for continued escalation of the Texas Water Wars!  This is THE issue in Texas, unless Mother Nature decides to settle the score herself.

Independently yours,
Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
512-535-0989 office
512-657-2089 cell

PS  We will be calling meetings in the Lost Pines and Hays County in short order, as the filing period for candidates opens.  Please note that last Monday, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District granted Forestar Real Estate Group a rehearing. We believe they are trying to protect the district from future potential litigation and we support their decision.


Hays County Commission in Cahoots with Forestar!

Today neighbors from Bastrop and Lee counties traveled to San Marcos to speak to the Hays County Commission about our water.  We were delighted to see other good neighbors from Hays County there to speak up and say they did not think their Commission should be trying to take Bastrop and Lee counties’ water without our consent.

Hays County Judge Cobb and several others on their commission appear to be playing a little dirty pool with Forestar Real Estate that is seeking to take large amounts (45K acre feet/year) of groundwater from our aquifer (the Simsboro) to Hays County for growth.  Right now they are entertaining to enter into an agreement with Forestar that will give Forestar the legal cover they need to claim that they’ve been harmed by the decision by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District to ratchet back Forestar’s permit to 12K acre feet.

Two of our stalwart aquifer guardians, Michele Gangnes of Neighbors for Neighbors, and Steve Box of Enviromental Stewardship, were there to set the record straight.  It was apparent that the Hays County Commission is either ill-informed or being played by some bigger players.  For example, they were under the impression that our aquifer recharges quickly, like the Edwards Aquifer that recharges with each rain.  The Simboro’s recharge rate is 2,000 years – similar to the Ogallala Aquifer.   Similar to the Ogallala, if we don’t guard this aquifer from the purveyors of out-of-control growth, we are setting the stage for draining our aquifer.

The word “NIMBY” (Not in Our Backyard) is now getting around about us.  Forestar Real Estate Group, in fact, called us just that in one of their legal briefs and one of the Hays County Commissioners was whispering this about us.  They also called us “anti-growth people.”  We would like to set the records straight.  Yes, we are NIMBY people – Now I Must Beat You – Forestar (and EndOp, for also trying to conduct a raid on the Simboro).

And as far as growth is concerned, it’s pretty clear to anyone who opens their eyes or just reads the newspaper that growth is choking us.   It is choking our roads, it is choking off our water and it’s choking affordability especially in our urban areas.  There are limits to water and land.  Any good steward knows this.  But speculators have no common nor good sense and they’re terrible neighbors.

Come to the Independent Texans Convention on September 21st at the Bastrop Convention Center.  That’s where good neighbors will meet other good neighbors all across Texas.


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