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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson Counties!

Wake up and smell the coffee, y’all!

This event, co-sponsored by the League of Independent Voters, is to inform you about the big things going on with our water, our land and our organizing as citizens to get ahead of the costs of growth. Are we ready to unite with fellow citizens regardless of political persuasion? We better be.

If you believe that a house divided cannot stand — show up!

What’s on the agenda:

  •  In preparation for a CRITICALLY IMPORTANT hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1:30 pm in the 21st District Courtroom of the Honorable Judge Carson Campbell, we will have a presentation from the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund and Environmental Stewardship on the impending legal battles between Bastrop & Lee County landowners and End Op L.P. (now Recharge). This has been two years in the making, folks! More here in the Bastrop Advertiser about this case. We will also have an update on Vista Ridge/The San Antone Hose. Be sure to read the recent additions on Vista Ridge to the News Section at LIV here.
  • Update on the waste transfer station in the Cedar Creek community off Hwy. 21 & FM 812. Steve Chamberlain will give us new information coming in daily on this project. More here in the Bastrop Advertiser. (You an also watch the video on this page at the League of Independent Voters).

Last Stop for End Op

This coming Wednesday night, Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (Lee and Bastrop counties) will make a final decision on End Op, L.P.’s mega-permit demand for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Simsboro aquifer — especially underlying Lee County. This is on top of the 50,000 acre-feet already permitted for Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) by the Post Oak Savannah GCD, from the same aquifer system underlying Burleson and Milam counties. And don’t forget Forestar Real Estate’s already settled permit by Lost Pines for 28,500 acre-feet — from the same aquifer.

Where do you think this water is headed? Wherever the growth lobby wants it, including — unquestionably — Hays County, which was specifically added to the permit just a few weeks ago.

We were there in Milano in March 2012, when this picture was taken, challenging End Op’s

We were there in Milano in March 2012 standing up to End Op, L.P.'s pipe dream

We were there in Milano in March 2012 standing up to End Op, L.P.’s pipe dream

pipedream. Come stand with us on Wednesday because we’re not going away…far from it.==>

►Show up!  Wednesday, September 7, 7 pm, Bastrop Convention Center, 1408 Chestnut…get ready for the next round.

Are you planning on joining the picket line at the Growth Summit in San Marcos on Friday, September 16th? Hope so…more here!

P.S. Bastropians: Keep an eye out for information on the Bastrop City Council meeting planned for THURSDAY, September 8th, at 6:30 pm. More when we see the agenda.

PPS We regret to have to reschedule Brian Rodgers’ visit to Bastrop scheduled on the same night.


Independent Texans Meeting

This meeting is to discuss the House District 17 runoff and to share with area residents updates on the battle to protect local control of our groundwater districts in this legislative session. Please come and bring your neighbors!


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!


Texas Water Development Board, not on your side.

TWDB approves plan to funnel water out of Bastrop and Lee counties, despite presentation from concerned and informed citizen presentation opposing the plan


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