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 and

·       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

Texas Water Board What Happened?

What the TWDB did was build a record for water vendors to use when they sue the Lost Pines Groundwater District, while they try other ways to get our water. Read the rest of this entry »

Aquifer Protection Alert-Action Request!

Many of you followed the planned raid by private water vendors on Bastrop and Lee Counties' aquifer (groundwater).  This issue will be getting more and more statewide attention (see article below my signature).  

We took this issue out with Pati Jacobs' campaign because it could set a terrible precedent for the rest of the state.  Her opponent, State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt heard us, but this Thursday's meeting of the Texas Water Development Board (all Perry appointees) will tell us just how much.
A letter from Steve Box of Environmental Stewardship to the Texas Water Development Board explains why, if TWDB does its duty by state law,  the project should be officially scrapped.  Please read this very strong and clear statement here and take the following actions:
1.  Attend the TWDB hearing this Thursday in Austin, starting at 9 a.m.  Pati Jacobs, Steve Box, and we suspect Aqua Water officials, will be testifying.  You are welcome to do the same or just be there in support.  (If you need a ride, please reply and we'll try to help). Details on the meeting below.
2.  Sign this petition at Environmental Stewardship — to be presented at Thursday's meeting.  Ask your neighbors to sign too!
3.  Call your State Representative and State Senator:  Go here to find them – just plug in your address.  
There will be more coming on this, so hold on to your hats.  Meanwhile, Happy Holidays y'all!
Independent Texans
Thursday, December 16th, Hearing Details:
Stephen F. Austin Building, 1700 N. Congress, Rm. 170 (bring quarters for meters), starts at 9 a.m..
Here's Thursday's agenda, our items are #29 & 34, but those items (based on our observance of past meeting) could be addressed anytime from about 9 a.m. to noon or 1 pm.
Read this article by Gail Reaves, Ft. Worth Weekly on how "Water Politics in Texas is about to get a lot more painful":  November 10, 2010
Mark Your Calendars!
Our first meeting of the new year – Saturday, January, 15, at the Bastrop Library, 2 to 4 pm.  

No One Party Dictatorship – Boot Perry!


True independents don't like one-party dictatorships nor bald-face deceptions.  
One big reason to Boot Perry — and vote for White or Glass — is it's only way to refute Perry's utterly false claims of a balanced budget, not to his claims about jobs.
Vote for Pati!  Kleinschmidt gets a $150K boost from the House Speaker.  Hmm, we wonder why…

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We proudly endorse!

Texas Governor — Give Rick the Boot!  Indy Voters are split between Glass and White.  If you're still undecided:

Watch the last Texas Gubernatorial Debate, Sept. 19, 2010 (minus Rick, who refused to debate, but of course!)

Pati Jacobs for State Representative, District 17* (running against Republican incumbent Tim Kleinschmidt)…if you're undecided, watch the one and only debate in this race on the right hand side of this page (for Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Lee, Fayette and the western portion of Brazos counties).

For Bastrop County, minus Smithville who will not have it on their ballot, Vote No on ACC Annexation. (or read the next post if undecided)

Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:


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

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose