Trans-Texas Water Highway

The Only Shot We’ve Got to Defeat Prop 6

Check out our op-ed printed in Sunday’s San Antonio Express-News opposite the op-ed by House Speaker Joe Straus:

Here’s our Nix 6 Op-ed:  http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Measure-is-a-grab-bag-for-special-interests-4904278.php

Here’s Joe’s.  NOTE:  he tells you what the fund is for — wasteful reservoirs (50% evaporation rates) and moving groundwater (draining rural aquifers for the growth lobby):  http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/San-Antonio-s-water-future-Prop-6-will-ensure-4904281.php

Here’s Terri Hall’s op-ed– thank you Terriappropriately entitled, “Public Drain for Private Gain”.

The only real shot we’ve got now to defeat this amendment is for you to spread the word.

We would like to run ads on Facebook — they’re cheap and they can reach many tens of thousands!

Please contribute here on our secure contribution page
(or just go to our website and click on the donate button):  

CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON TO THE RIGHT OF THIS PAGE!

You can also send a check to our PO Box below, but please send an email to us here
and let us know how much you have mailed.

Keep it up — use our Nix Prop 6 Facebook page to send to your networks: https://www.facebook.com/notoprop6

Early voting starts today, Monday, October 21, through Friday, November 1.  Election day is Tuesday, November 5.

Only 700K Texans are going to vote in this election.  If each one reaches one, we can swing this election.

Nix Prop 6, y’all!

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Nix Prop 6 Media Bonzanza Reached 1 Million Texans!

Luckily Texas media still likes to cover a good fight.  They did on Monday, big time.  Nix Prop 6ers probably reached 1 million Texans!

Some of this coverage is now on our “Nix Prop 6” page under the “October 14th Media Bonanza!” here:  http://www.indytexans.com/vote-no-on-prop-6/

The proponents of Prop Six are starting to come out of the woodwork with paid ads, paid phone bankers and false claims that Prop 6 is about conservation. It just isn’t so.

Watch this clip from KENS-TV with Sam Brannon and Terri Hall.  This is the truth and media’s starting to get a clue:  http://www.kens5.com/news/Proposition-6-controversy-grows-as-early-polling-nears-227703081.html

Here’s how we reach millions more Texans.  Just start blogging, writing letters to the editors, talking at the beauty shops, feed stores, coffee shops — you get the drill. If all of you do this, YOU have the capacity to reach millions more Texans — seriously!

Use all the information here on our “Nix Prop Six” blog page — you can social network it from there or even print out fliers:  http://www.indytexans.com/vote-no-on-prop-6/

Let us know how it’s going and we will pay if forward.

Early voting starts next Monday!  This is now in our hands — Texas voters, that is.

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Water Heating Up on Prop 6 – Vote NO!

The water is heating up on Prop 6 and the Governor’s special interest pals. Isn’t it fun to make Perry jump in to defend his Prop 6?

Check out this KTRH report today in Houston, where 1/3 of the voters likely to vote in this election reside:  http://www.ktrh.com/articles/houston-news-121300/texans-willing-to-spend-rainy-day-11706171/

We are calling out the troops to defeat this dangerous amendment designed to divert $2B from the Rainy Day Fund for Perry’s cronies in real estate and related industries, urban ratepayers and rural folks be damned.

Join us this Saturday at 9 am for a statewide conference call.  We have a specific plan for how we’re going to take down Prop 6, despite the very big money backing it.  It can be done, but not without YOU!

If you want to join the call, send an email to us at ljcurtis@indytexans.org or call us at 512-535-0989.

Save the Date!  We will converge upon San Antonio on Monday, October 14th at 10 am for a press conference in the downtown area.  See if you can get there please.  We will help with hooking up a ride for you, if you need assistance.

If your organization has endorsed a “Vote No on Pop 6”, please let us know by calling or emailing us.

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Hays County Commission Covets Thy Neighbor’s Water – with a little bit of help from their tricky friends in Bastrop/Lee Counties

So much for cooperation in finding win-win solutions to urban-rural needs to make sure all Texans have a sustainable and affordable supply of water. Hays County has sunk to a new low in the competition for who can deplete a finite supply of water the fastest.  They have, this week, inked a contract with water speculator, Forestar Real Estate Group, to buy a future supply of water which Forestar has no legal right to sell. But that’s no problem, Hays County will help Forestar litigate against a neighboring county’s groundwater conservation district, who holds the key to big bucks for Forestar on the front end, and Hays County on the back end, when the county gets into the water marketing business, too.

Who will be the losers? The citizens of Lee County, where water marketers are systematically trying to strip that county of water they also will need for economic well-being and for the economic development that Hays County covets so selfishly.  And the citizens of Hays County stand to lose, too, on the affordability side.  Today, they have no assurance that Forestar’s gain will not be their loss, in terms of the rates they will ultimately pay for water.

The conundrum of how much it costs to move water from one place to another is always the same — who ultimately pays for the distant well field, the collection system, the miles long pipeline, the receiving system, the water treatment system and the delivery system at the end of the pipe?  Sometimes there is a debate about this, and contract negotiations get sticky — but not in this case.  Here, Hays County seems to have signed on big time for most of the risk — they take over at the well head in Lee County, what could be cleaner?  The cost and risk of collection, pipeline, quality, quantity, transport and delivery are all shifted away from Forestar onto Hays County.  How lucky for the taxpayers and ratepayers of Hays County — they will know immediately how at risk they are with the package their County Commissioners Court has handed them this week.

Real soon, we’re going to start naming names of the folks in cahoots with this dirty deal.  So stay tuned for all the fun and games in exposing those behind the “Trans-Texas Water Highway.”  Remember, it wasn’t long ago that the TTC plan had water pipelines as part of it.  These water/road heist guys are relentless!

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Reminder: Hearing in Milano, Sept. 11th!

Please consider attending the hearing tomorrow in Milano at 5:30 pm on the plan to allow the exportation of 25,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from underlying the ALCOA property.  For background info click here.

Hearing starts at 5:30 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11, in Milano.

We are getting calls from landowners who are already alarmed at the drawdown of their wells.

If you cannot attend, please call your STATE representative and STATE Senator, write letters to the editor and call your COUNTY commissioner and COUNTY Judge.  Click here to find them (though this site is temporarily down.)

Spread the word here on our blog (with share buttons for Facebook, etc.).

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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:

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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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