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Conserve First, Move Water Later Scores HUGE Victory!

Folks, we were so stunned last night by the stand of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District to ratchet back permits for groundwater from the Simsboro Aquifer, it took us a few minutes to realize what a HUGE victory it was!

Click here to read Environmental Stewardship’s cogent analysis of the Board’s truly courageous stand last night.

We also are making regional news!  Here’s a radio report from Statewide Impact News.

The Legislature’s efforts to try to carve a deal for water, education and transportation funding is such high stakes, we have no idea what they’re really doing in committee.  Will they put something on the ballot in November?  They’re trying not to.  We just have to see.

One thing we do know, for sure, is this.  If water marketers continue to try to raid the aquifers of Texas, Texans now have a model for how to respond — just like they did in Bastrop and Lee counties.  We know the marketers (and their friends in political office) are not going to go just go away.  So get ready for Round #2.

Let us know if you want to build the independent movement where you are and we’ll try to make it happen.

More coming soon on what the legislature hands us before sine die — that’s the last day of the session, on May 27th.

Best wishes to you all!

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Lost Pines Groundwater District Stunned Us – THANK YOU!

Folks, we were so stunned last night by the stand of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District to ratchet back two of the three permits for groundwater from the Simsboro Aquifer, it took us a few minutes to realize what a HUGE victory it was!

Click here to read Environmental Stewardship’s cogent analysis of the Board’s truly courageous stand last night.

Please get a note to the Lost Pines Board and to our two County Judges below and give them a BIG THANK YOU!  Let them know that if Forestar Real Estate Group even so much as thinks about suing OUR groundwater district, you will help us raise the funds to turn this into a landmark case for the people of Texas!

Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District Board
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape
Lee County Judge Paul Fischer

We also are making regional news!  Here’s a radio report from Statewide Impact News.  YNN Austin TV News continues their extensive coverage and the Austin American-Statesman (Asher Price) attended last night’s meeting.  If water marketers continue to try to raid the Simsboro Aquifer, we WILL fight back and this might just get us a real chance to win new rounds beyond our water district.

More coming soon.  Yahoo y’all — get some rest for the next round!

Independently yours,

Linda Curtis
Independent Texans

PS  Despite being in a recent car accident, Lee County Judge Fischer was present last night, so we especially appreciate him and wish him the best!

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Legislature’s Water Fund Deflates, Water Wars Escalate

For Immediate Release                                                   May 13, 2013

Legislature’s Water Infrastructure Fund Deflates,
Local Water Wars Escalate

Simultaneous to the Legislature’s scramble to find the votes to get $2 billion to fund water infrastructure, residents living in counties just to the east of the Capitol are headed for a critical skirmish in the water war over their aquifer – the Simsboro portion of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.  What’s at stake is an aquifer that water marketers have had their eye on for years, and the setting of a precedent that could open the door for draining Texas aquifers to feed exponential growth, doing great harm to Texas landowners.

Citizens from across the affected counties of Bastrop and Lee, together with others from counties that could receive their exported water, will show up on Wednesday, May 15th, starting at 5 pm, at the Bastrop Convention Center to witness a contested hearing as Aqua Water Supply Corporation faces off against private water marketers, Forestar Real Group (Temple-Inland), End Op LP (owned by former Williamson County Commissioner, Frankie Limmer) and the LCRA.  In dispute are groundwater permits totaling 111,000 acre-feet per year (approximately 99 million gallons per day).  The first battle will be over whether Aqua Water has filed in time, according to the rules of the administrative hearing process, to mount a proper challenge to Forestar’s permit request for 45,000 acre-feet/year and LCRA’s permit request for 10,000 acre-feet/year.

Of great interest will be whether the Lost Pines GCD will also grant “party status” to nine landowners and one community organization, Environmental Stewardship, that has led the fight for years to protect the Simsboro.  Seven members of the Brown family in Lee County have filed for party status.

The Browns have owned land in Lee County since the 1800s at ground zero where Forestar plans to sink 10 deep-water wells.  Adding to the drama is that their cousin and neighboring, Garry Brown and State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt, have either leased or sold their own water rights now part of the Forestar deal.

On hand for interviews will be the following individuals and organizations:

•    Betz Brown and other family members who filed for party status against the Forestar and End Op permits.  Betz Brown provided this 2-minute riveting testimony at the most recent hearing in Giddings:  click Betz Brown here and watch Madeleine Stiffelmeyer Brown here talk about how her family has been divided by this issue.

•    Darwyn Hanna, a Bastrop landowner whose family has owned land in Bastrop County since the late 1800s.  Hanna has filed for party status against the permits for Forestar, LCRA and End Op.

•    Andrew Meyer, a young, new farmer who recently purchased land in Paige to start an organic farm.  Meyer has filed for party status against permits for Forestar, LCRA and End Op.  Video of Meyer’s 2-minute testimony to the LPGCD is here.

•    Steve Box, Executive Director of Environmental Stewardship, who has provided his considerable policy and scientific expertise to Bastrop and Lee County landowners and residents for years.  ES has filed for party status against permits for Forestar, LCRA and End Op.  Watch this 3-minute testimony by Steve Box here.

•    Phil Cook, Bastrop landowner, Sierra Club – Lost Pines area.  Watch Cook’s 3-minute testimony here.

•    City of Austin resident, Dick Kallerman, Chairman of the Save Our Springs Alliance Board, to support the call for ‘conserve first, move water later.’

•    Tom Sherman, Concerned Citizens for Texas Water Resources, who lives in New Ulm, and is working to stop the 20-well application by Electro Purification to export water to Richmond and Rosenberg.

•    Jimmy Gaines, President of Texas Landowners Council, an original sponsor of House Bill 3250 that died in committee this week.  Mr. Gaines will talk about groundwater as a private property right and because it is a private property right, state law should protect individuals against the taking of groundwater and it does not.

Travis Brown, President of Neighbors for Neighbors and 20 year Lee County landowner.

•    Linda Curtis, Director of Independent Texans, a citizen-led political action committee for non-aligned voters.  Independent Texans has sounded the alarm to residents bringing out large crowds to previous hearings.

Linda Curtis of Independent Texans said, “What is at stake in Bastrop and Lee counties is no different from what is at stake for all Texans — rural, urban and suburban.  Most of our officials have turned their head to any genuine effort to protect Texas aquifers or landowners living over them.  Texans are crying out for what we all need — the common sense notion that we should conserve first, move water later.   The Legislature should be helping us, not helping those who are set to profit from draining our aquifers.”

Lots more details on this battle are in the News section of this blos and the website of Environmental Stewardship.  Maps obtained by Environmental Stewardship delineating potential damage to well owners are here.

•    Note:  The three permit requests under dispute at the time of this release are:  45,000 acre-feet/year for Forestar Real Estate Group (Temple-Inland), 56,000 acre-feet/year for End Op LP and 10,000 acre-feet for the LCRA.  LCRA is asking the Bastrop County Commission at a special meeting called for Tuesday at 9 a.m. to pass a resolution in support of their permit application.

For more information:

Linda Curtis
Independent Texans
512-535-0989 office
512-657-2089 cell

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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 ljcurtis@indytexans.org or call us at 512-535-0989.

Y’all come next Wednesday, ya hear?!

Print this Flier of Lost Pines Hearing 5-15!

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Environmental Stewardship Filed for Party Status Against Forestar, End Op & LCRA

Today Environmental Stewardship filed to become a party to the contested cases taken against Forestar Real Estate, End Op and LCRA by Aqua Water Corporation.

Click here for the Request for Party Status with Forestar

Click here for the Request for Party Status with End Op

Click here for the Request for Party Status with LCRA

Got questions?  Email Steve Box, Environmental Stewardship at:  steward@environmental-stewardship.org

 

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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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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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