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We actually DO WANT a special session on Water! Bastrop/Lee Flier, print & share please.

You are receiving lots of emails from us — only because the legislative session is in its final days (May 27th is the last day) AND we have a strategically important TEST CASE on groundwater protection in Bastrop & Lee Counties coming to a head NEXT WEDNESDAY.  Be sure to share the flier below this message.

Here’s what you need to know and do now!

1.  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper(s) and tell them the Governor’s threat to hold a Special Session on water is the best news you’ve heard all session.  Maybe, just maybe, the voice of the people to protect Texas aquifers (and the precious agricultural land over them) can creep into a very focused 30 day session!

2.  If you live in central Texas, come to next Wednesday’s contested case hearing at 5 pm at the Bastrop Convention Center.  Print out the flyer below and pass it out or post it around the Bastrop & Lee county area.  We’re calling out the troops to this meeting!  Everyone needs to be there at 5 pm and plan to stay for at least through 7 or 8 pm, likely!!!  (More details forthcoming).  To prepare yourself read these two pieces on the Environmental Stewardship website here and here, if you missed last night’s meeting in Elgin.

3.  Call your State Senator after you read this Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Update on Animal ID — whether you farm, ranch, own pets or just like your food local.  Make your calls now!

Got questions?  Send an email to or call us at 512-535-0989.

Y’all come next Wednesday, ya hear?!

Print this Flier of Lost Pines Hearing 5-15!


Urgent Message for Lee and Bastrop County Residents!

Two important items for protection our groundwater require your participation!

Lee County Reminder this Monday night, April 8, 6 pm, Giddings Library! Flier attached here. Independent Texans and Environmental Stewardship will prepare you information for the CRITICAL Lost Pines Groundwater District Hearing on the 17th.  Spread the word, please!  You can also call or email your county commissioners here and Judge Fischer here.

Bastrop County please come to the Bastrop County Commissioner’s Court, also this Monday, at 9 am!  Judge Paul Pape and members of the Commissioners Court want to help protect our groundwater by passing the following resolution click here.  Please come at 9 am sharp, feel free to speak, and if you can’t make it, please call or send a message now to your commissioners here and Judge Pape here.  Thank them!

All Bastrop & Lee counties residents — remember we share the same districts covered by the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.  We all need to be in Giddings on Wednesday, April 17th, 6 pm at Giddings City Hall.

IF Lost Pines GCD approves approximately 120,000 acre-feet in permit requests (107,000,000 million gallons per day), this is bad news for everyone but water profiteers and their friends.  Therefore, invite all your friends from Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bexar counties, set to receive these exports and include neighbors in Milam and Burleson counties whose groundwater district (Post Oak Savannah) is already over-pumping the same groundwater!

Most people we know want more serious conservation and protection of our aquifers.  This unites us all — regardless of party and ideology.


Red Alert: Take a Stand, Two Meetings – BE THERE!

We all know that water profiteers have had their eyes on the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, underlying Bastrop and Lee counties, for some time now. (Make sure you’ve read our media release here.)

Last week the Texas House passed HB 4, lining up $2B from the Rainy Day Fund to fund pipelines to move water around the state, despite the House analysis stating that not enough money was allocated to conservation!  (More soon on this topic.)

Please come to these two urgently important meetings — the Independent Texans strategy meeting in Giddings on Monday, April 8th, 6 pm, Giddings Library (map here) — AND the hearing in Giddings on Wednesday, April 17th, 6 pm, Giddings City Hall (map here) — bring a lawn chair! 

Click on and Share this flier about these meetings.

Your Action Plan:  1.  Come to both meetings/invite your neighbors, 2.  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, including the Austin American-Statesman, 3.  Spread the word!

Please share the flier or use the share button on this site and share through Facebook/social networking.  If you want hard copies of the flier below, call us at 512-535-0989.

We also need volunteers — call us!

Independent Texans will lay out for you, at the April 8th meeting, a number of options for fighting this.  Therefore, this meeting is critical to success on the 17th.

As we have said, we all need water.  Robbing Peter to pay Paul is madness.

Please watch your emails for more this week.  If you do not receive our emails, click on the link just before our logo on the top right hand side of this page and sign up.

Thank you Texas!


Sign the Petition Letter for Texas Hearings on TransCanada/Keystone XL Pipeline!

There is a growing call for public hearings from  Texas landowners and residents in NE Texas who are facing potential eminent domain seizures of their land for the Keystone XL/TransCanada pipeline.  The following organizations are doing this together:  Independent Texans, We Texans, Texans for Accountable Government, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom.

Please sign this petition/letter to State Representative and Chair of the Land and Resource Management Committee, Rene Oliveira, committee Vice-Chair, Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt and Texas House Speaker, Rep. Joe Straus.

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Grassroots declare victory, issues warning!

Thank you to Terri Hall and Texas TURF, for issuing this joint press release with Independent Texans and We Texans about Tuesday’s election results on statewide propositions:

Release:  Grassroots declare victory, issues warning!

The Texas Water War is now officially on.  The filing deadline for candidates in all parties, or as independent/non-unaffiliated, is December 15th.  The courts are now drawing the lines, as the legislature made fatal errors.

The upcoming election is a great opportunity. Independent Texans is looking for candidates!

We will call a meeting real soon. Meanwhile, get this poster out across Texas land! Post it around town and email it, and Facebook it!

Wanted - Citizens to fight the Water Robber Barons!


Ten proposed constitutional amendments appeared on the ballot in the November 8 election. Here is a summary of each. Results appear beside each proposition. For more details, head to or

Proposition 1 — PASSED

Allows a full property tax homestead exemption for the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran if the spouse has not remarried and the property was the family’s homestead when the veteran died.

Proposition 2 — PASSED

Authorizes the Texas Water Development Board to issue additional general obligation bonds up to $6 billion.

Proposition 3 — PASSED

Authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue general obligation bonds on a continuing basis to finance student loans.

Proposition 4 — FAILED

Allows the Legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to develop an “unproductive, underdeveloped or blighted” area.

Proposition 5 — PASSED

Permits cities and counties to enter into contracts with other cities and counties without having to assess property taxes to pay the contract costs.

Proposition 6 — PASSED

Increases the amount of principal available for withdrawal from the permanent school fund each year and clarifies some references to the fund in the state constitution.

Proposition 7 — FAILED

Adds El Paso County to the counties allowed to create conservation and reclamation districts to develop tax-financed parks and recreation areas.

Proposition 8 — FAILED

Provides for a lower property tax appraisal for land where the owner is engaging in good water stewardship, similar to the existing agriculture and wildlife exemptions.

Proposition 9 — PASSED

Allows the governor, upon recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to grant a pardon, reprieve or commutation of a sentence for someone who has completed deferred adjudication community supervision.

Proposition 10 — PASSED

Extends the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of a local elected office holder if the official becomes a candidate for another office. The length of the remaining term is extended to one year and 30 days, instead of the previous one year.

For reports on each County click here.


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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Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose