Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Building the Rural-Urban Coalition for Local Control

The League of Independent Voters is a non-profit membership association for non-aligned, independent voters. This event has a terrific line up of activists from throughout the state who have been doing stellar work on protection of water and land resources, fair elections and local control.

This event is to prepare citizens to defend their rights to local control with the legislature in session.

This event’s details can be found here on the League’s website.



There’s a groundwater district election NOW, Hays County!

Apologies for the late notice, but we just received this is a note from a good friend in Hays County. She is with us on defeating Prop 6 and our focus on common sense conservation as the way to hold on to our wallets and our water.  We have met Linda Kaye and believe her to be an honest and intelligent individual, but also urge you to check out these candidates for yourselves at the League of Women Voters debate tomorrow night. 


Please vote in the upcoming groundwater board election for Linda Kaye Rogers. Election Day is Nov. 5.  Early voting has already begun.  See attachment for details.

Every vote will count in this election, as few will bother to show up to cast a vote.
Linda Kaye has done her homework, learned the ropes and will be an asset to this board.  Her opponent is supported by Aqua Texas and Wimberley Springs Partners and those elements in our community who would overuse our shared water resources.

Please vote for Linda Kaye, and against Prop. 6, the water issue on the same ballot.  This Proposition will help the cities further degrade rural water resources by building pipelines to water city lawns.

VOTE Linda Kaye ROGERS for Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Place 4.  This includes parts of Wimberley, Woodcreek, Dripping Springs and Driftwood.  Check your voter registration card to see what “HT” district you are in, if you have questions about that.

And join us at the League of Women Voters debate on Thursday night, 7 pm, October 24th at the Wimberley Community Center.



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:

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):

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):  


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:

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!


Don’t miss Monday’s hearing with EndOp; Forestar Files Motion for Rehearing (no surprise there..)

REMINDER:  Preliminary Hearing this coming Monday, August 12, 10 am at the Bastrop Convention Center.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is not a hearing at which the community is invited to speak.  This is a hearing before a Judge with the State Office of Administrative Hearings, who will determine whether landowners, including Environmental Stewardship, should be granted “party status” (the right to have a voice) in the challenge that Aqua Water Supply Coop has filed against EndOp and their permit request for 56,000 acre-feet per year.  Please come!

ALSO PLEASE NOTE:   Just as we expected, Forestar Real Estate Group, has filed for a rehearing with the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.  Folks, this is something they must do in order to be in a position to sue the Lost Pines GCD.  It’s apparent that the Lost Pines GCD is sticking to its guns with their decision made last May to grant them 12,000 acre-feet per year (not 45,000) of groundwater from the Simsboro.  But these water speculators are just not satisfied — so they call us “NIMBY” in their Motion for Rehearing, page 8 (towards the bottom).

Click here to readForestar Real Estate Group’s Motion for Rehearing

It is residents and landowners’ positions in Lee County, where Forestar wants to sink its wells (in part, on property owned by our own State Representative, Tim Kleinschmidt), who ARE indeed looking out for their neighbors.  Call them all the names you want, Forestar.  It’s game on!


Kleinschmidt Running for his Political Life

State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt apparently believes he can sell out his constituents’ water rights and still get reelected.  He has declared he’s running for reelection, though we think it might be for his political life.  We count six times he uses the word “conservative” — in four sentences.  What does the word “conservative” mean to you?  Please comment at the end of this post after you read his letter here:  Kleinschmidt Runs Again.


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