Posts Tagged ‘Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District’

COME TONIGHT — we’re not going away…far from it!

The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meeting tonight at 6 pm at Bastrop City

The goose that laid the golden egg -- the Simsboro

The goose that laid the golden egg — the Simsboro

Hall (1311 Chestnut) is one of the most important meetings you’ll ever attend.

There has been much confusion about End Op, Forestar, Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) and so many other water deals for a reason. The Simsboro is under siege.

We live in an area of the state where the goose that laid the golden egg — our groundwater — is about to get choked to death. Others of you who live along the I-35 growth corridor are also about to get choked to death with mounting debt for infrastructure to make sure that we keep bringing masses of people here as quicklly as possible to feed the growth lobby. Simsboro water is integral to this “growth machine.”

Lost Pines GCD has also been under siege as well, and they are buckling. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. What is surprising is that we — residents and landowners — are not only still standing, we’re still fighting for the incoming and next generation — not to mention our property rights, ecosystems and local economies.

Details fom Enviromental Stewardship

Bring donations small or large for the new non-profit Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund
and get ready for a whole new ballgame in the courts!

Quick note about the Bastrop City Council meeting last night: The petition games have started with lots of silliness to go around. Councilwoman Deborah Jones acted like she knew nothing about the “filers” of the petition — Independent Texans — or who I am. If memory serves us…here she is speaking at our candidate forum on April 18th sitting not 5 feet from me, the moderator.

Yes, we made a big mistake not endorsing Kelly Gilleland in that race. Bastrop is now paying for it but don’t worry, we will make amends in November and beyond with a whole new crop of people who are starting to pay attention.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

P.S. If you live in the city of Bastrop, please make plans to attend the next city council meeting — next Tuesday at 6:30 pm. More soon.


Independent News Galore!

Lotta stuff going on, y’all! Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 8.59.32 PM

If you live in Bastrop or Lee counties, we want to SEE you on Wednesday night at 6 pm at Bastrop City Hall. End Op, L.P. is close to getting its way. A movement of citizens and a new organization — Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund — have other ideas. PLEASE SHOW UP AND BRING NEIGHBORS! More below.

►Last Tuesday, the first independent elected to the Texas House in 60 years, Laura Thompson, won in a special election runoff in House District 120, the seat formerly held by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon. Congratulations to Laura and the millions of independent Texans! More here.

►The charter amendment via citizens petition for “More Reasonable Petition Requirements in the City of Bastrop” has been certified by the Bastrop City Secretary! Council will vote to place the measure on the ballot next Tuesday. Take a few minutes to read the news here in the Statesman/Bastrop Advertiser and this article by former Councilwoman Kelly Gilleland on why she supports this amendment. You can watch the Council meeting at starting at 6:30 pm. (PS If you haven’t watched our slide show, please do and share it!)

Wednesday, 6 pm at Bastrop City Hall, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District could, unfortunately, finalize its capitulation to End Op, L.P.‘s mega-permit demand for up to 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year (15 billion gallons) from the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Lee and Bastrop counties. Bring a check, cash or gold rings (that — the rings — is a joke). Seriously, money is needed to ramp up the fight! To understand the Seige on the Simsboro, review our slide show here — slides 14-16.

Austin, Texas:  Developer whistle-blower, Brian Rodgers, a co-founder of PAC, filed a critically important Amended Petition in District Court on the Pilot Knob “affordable housing” and open government fiasco. Read it all right here — powerful stuff!

We’ll be planning conference calls and meetings soon — keep an eye out for the independent movement!

PS Linda Curtis and Michele Gangnes, water rights activist and watchdog attorney/landowner, will be on KOOP radio this Thursday from 1-2 pm (91.7 FM)


Wednesday’s Water Hearing – y’all come and bring some!

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 7.46.09 PMLost Pines Groundwater Conservation District Holds Hearing on End Op, L.P. Permit Demand for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater from the Simsboro
Wednesday, June 15, 7 pm
Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut, Bastrop, Texas

►It’s been 3 years since End Op, L.P. filed its permit demand for 56,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year for 5 years. Meanwhile, the 50,000 acre-feet, 20 year permit demand for Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose) and the Forestar (USA) Real Estate Group permit for 28,500 acre-feet per year have overshadowed the End Op permit.

All three permits threaten the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer underlying Lee, Bastrop, Milam and Burleson counties and constitute only half of the new demands coming after Simsboro water.

Conclusion:  The siege on the Simsboro is all too real and we better get ready.

A little background:  Three years ago Aqua Water Supply

Legal Team and Landowners fighting for a seat at the table on the End Op Permit

Legal Team and Landowners fighting for a seat at the table on the End Op Permit

Corporation contested the End Op permit and so did four landowners (Betz Brown, Darwyn Hanna, Andy Meyer and Environmental Stewardship). Lost Pines punted this dispute to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). The SOAH judge granted Aqua Water party status, a seat at the table to contest and negotiate the permit. Landowners were denied a seat. That denial went back to the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District board and they too supported keeping the landowners out.

What happened at the SOAH hearings: It was poorly argued by the Lost Pines District lawyers. They botched the witness testimony after Aqua Water settled in advance of the hearing. Aqua simply defended their ratepayers resulting in a small reduction of the permit to 46,000 acre-feet. Aqua received $15 million to cover the costs of digging deeper wells. Landowners were hung out to dry with a token “mitigation agreement” thrown into the Aqua settlement for propaganda purposes. End Op got an unexamined hearing record that loaded the deck in favor of its massive demand.

Friends across the Simsboro — this is why landowners have a case in District Court disputing their denial of party status and are awaiting a decision by the Lost Pines GCD on the End Op permit. We told you to get ready, didn’t we?

The timeline: Lost Pines GCD will hear public testimony and take no action, but they will likely set a date soon to take action on the End Op permit. We assume Lost Pines will give End Op a permit. For how much and under what circumstances is the question. Will they do the science that will be asked of them to protect the aquifer? Will Lost Pines reverse course on their current tact to shut landowners out and make a clear move to protect our property rights and Simsboro communities own water futures? And there are plenty more questions likely to be asked of the courts.

Click here for Environmental Stewardship’s concerns about the science.

Landowners are fully expected to be in court soon. We ask you to support them. Their fight is our fight.

See you tomorrow night.

P.S. Bring your checkbooks for the legal fund and join us at La Hacienda following the hearing.


Click on the map — you will see

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.10.28 PMClick on the map on the right. You will see that the “mega-permits” for groundwater out of the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer that underlies Lee, Bastrop, Milam and Burleson counties impacts an entire region.

Privateering water marketers (and the entire growth lobby) are working our elected officials hard. Their mantra is a real tip off. How many times have you heard them say, “Texas’ population will double by the year 2050”? Listen up friends, these hucksters are incentivizing in-migration population growth and trying to move resources to areas for profit, putting an entire region — and our local economies and resources — at risk. You’re not going to let them get away with this, are you?

Show up, y’all!
Public hearing on the End Op, LP Permit demand for 46,000 acre-feet
Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District
Wednesday, June 15 at 7 pm
Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut.

Your presence is a statement of your concern. We also suggest that you speak on this item.

We are working on materials to share with you before this meeting. Reply to this message if you want to be sent these materials ahead of the meeting or you can just show up 6:30, 30 minutes before the hearing begins.

We never promised you this was going to be easy. All we promised you is that we will continue to fight for you. Now help us by being there.

Share this alert, won’t you please?

PS If you can stay past the hearing, please join us at La Hacienda Restaurant after the meeting.


San Antonians, steal back your City today!

San Antonio Friends:IMG_0653

Many people are unaware that there is ONE City Council seat up for grabs tomorrow. That is District 2, currently held by Keith Toney. Toney was just appointed tothis seat, after Ivy Taylor was appointed to step into the Mayor’s seat, following Castro’s appointment by President Obama to head HUD.

Independent Texans, has been on the phones to City Council District 2 voters asking folks to consider voting for Alan Warrick, rather than Keith Toney who voted for the $3.4B Vista Ridge water grab last week. All 11 members of the Council rushed through this project — telling all San Antonio Water System ratepayers to take a hike!

If you know folks who live in these District 2 neighborhoods (see list below), please contact them and ask them to vote for Warrick. We spoke with Alan and he readily understands the problems of Vista Ridge, especially that it was such a rushed deal. He is also concerned about gentrification of District 2 and someone we can work with over the coming months and beyond. Remember, we now have 30 months, by virtue of a provision in the Vista Ridge contract, to get SAWS to walk away.

Polls are open 7 to 7 pm. Here’s where folks can find their poll site:

Or they can call this number to find out their poll site:  210-335-8683

Pass it on and Remember Vista Ridge!


Jefferson Heights
Denver Heights
Highland Park
Highland Hills
Pecan Valley
Dellcrest Area
Wheatley Heights

Dignowity Hill
Harvard Place – Eastlawn
Jefferson Heights
Nevada Street
Arena District
Denver Heights
Highland Park
Sunny Slope
Highland Hills
Pecan Valley
Lower Southeast Side
Dellcrest Area
Wheatley Heights
Artesia Community Guild


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