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Bastrop & Lee County Water Update: What happened on Wednesday night

Friends in Bastrop & Lee Counties:

Thanks to the more than 100 folks who came out last night and stood up when Darwyn Hanna spoke to thank the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (LPGCD) for standing tall to protect our water and aquifers.

WHAT HAPPENED?  Forestar formally requested the “Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law” posted below.  Now they have 20 days to request a rehearing.  Whether, when and if they get a rehearing is anyone’s guess — it’s up to the LPGCD to grant such a rehearing.   Here’s the Findings of Facts:

THE LOST PINES WATER DEFENSE FUND has been established:  We announced the fund last night to the seeming delight of the LPGCD.  Though Forestar has not yet sued the district, they are clearly positioning to do so.  What’s more, landowners are already seeking “party status” to join Aqua Water’s challenge to the EndOp application for 56,000 acre/feet/year.  Landowners and residents, in order to be represented in both these legal proceedings, need our own fund.  Read the statement below about this fund, and please consider sending a donation today.

FURTHER ACTIONS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:  Please save the date for the September 21st (Saturday, 10 to 5 pm) Independent Texans’ Convention at the Bastrop Convention Center. The theme of this convention is, “Building Cross-Partisan Coalitions”.  Watch for the convention agenda coming soon!

It’s going to be a long haul, folks, so let’s stick together!

Click here to read about the:  Lost Pines Water Defense Fund


Bastrop/Lee County Water War Escalates Again!

It appears that the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, at their regular monthly meeting next Wednesday, will have to address a request for reconsideration (and possibly more) of the 45,000-acre feet/year permit requested by Forestar Real Estate Group.  Remember, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District granted Forestar 12,000-acre feet instead of the 45,000 they requested.  Though many of us thought 12,000 acre-feet was probably too generous, we also fully understood why the board did what they did, and they were and are heroes for doing so.

It also appears that this is not enough for Forestar and they are — at the very least — trying to preserve their right to sue Lost Pines GCD.

We’ll see more on Wednesday night at 7 pm at Bastrop City Hall.  Be there and bring friends!

Click here to read the entire Agenda for Wednesday.

Please comment below answering these two questions:

1.  Can you attend on Wednesday — 7 pm, Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut?  Map here.

2.  Can you bring others, if so, how many?  We want to make sure there’s enough seating inside the building.  (Please ask your local elected officials, business owners and community leaders to be there.)

We’ll be sending out more information before Wednesday, but again, please plan to come and bring others!


Bastrop & Lee County Water Meeting Alert

This alert is specifically for Bastrop and Lee County residents, though our friends elsewhere are always invited.

On Wednesday, May 8th, from 6 to 7:30 pm, Independent Texans will hold a community meeting at the First National Bank at their Elgin location, 1312 U.S. 290 (map here).  We will discuss strategy for protecting groundwater in the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, in light of the contested case hearing request filed by Aqua Water Supply Corporation, and other potential strategies for citizens to take on their own.

Thanks to Upstart Bastrop Community TV, the video for the first hearing last week, on Wednesday, April 17th, is here!  More video coming soon!

This Independent Texans meeting on May 8th will be held one week prior to the contested case hearing by Aqua Water Supply about the Forestar, LCRA and End Op permit applications on Wednesday, May 15th at 5 pm in Bastrop.  The location for that hearing is going to be decided next week.  Please note that the regular meeting of the Lost Pines GCD will likely immediately follow this hearing.  We’ll keep you updated.

You will get another statewide legislative update shortly from [IndyFriends].  There’s reason to keep the calls going over this week and to focus in on the Calendars Committee too.

    Please note that this is a better number at which to call Rep. Allan Ritter, Natural Resource Committee Chair:  512-463-0607.  Again, watch for the update later today on HB 3250 and other legislation.

Got questions or ideas?  Call us or just reply to this message.  Meanwhile, please keep getting folks to sign up for our email alerts — on our website.  This saves us tremendous time and money.

Thank you Texas!


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