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HB 3250 to protect aquifers hearing! Clarification on Giddings Meeting/Hearing!

If you agree that we should “Conserve First, Import Later”, protect Texas aquifers and call the water profiteers off Texas landowners, we urge your support for House Bill 3250.  It’s up for hearing this Tuesday, the day before crucial hearings begin in Giddings.

House Bill 3250, proposed by the Texas Landowners Council (TLC), and introduced by Rep. Bill Callageri (Katy), gives landowners the ability to require Groundwater Conservation Districts to reduce production of groundwater where the rate of production is drawing down their wells.  Read TLC’s bill analysis here.

What you can do to help:
1.  Email the Natural Resources Committee if you live in their districts.

2.  House Bill 4, already passed the House (now there’s a fight brewing about it), sets up a water bank for good and TERRIBLE water projects that can raid aquifers.  Call or write your legislator, no matter where you live and tell them Conserve First, Import Later and that you’re counting on them to protect our aquifers and landowners.  Plan to call again on “Flood the Legislature Call-In Day” next Friday, April 19th.

3.  Attend the Tuesday hearing on HB 3250. (Note:  It starts at 8 a.m. but it’s likely it will come up late.  Call 512-657-2089 for regular updates throughout the day.)

4.  Come to the Giddings Hearings – TIMES CHANGED SLIGHTLY – Wed. 6 pm, Thurs. 6 pmflier here.  We’re bringing out media and shooting for statewide coverage so bring something visual (pitchforks, scarecrows…??)

We need to quickly raise $1,000-1,500 to reach voters in the districts of the Natural Resources Committee.  Please give online at our website, or, if you’re sending a check reply to this message with the amount, so we can plan.

If you have a landline and high-speed internet from home, you can also volunteer your time.

Thank you Texas, you know what to do.




Red Alert: Take a Stand, Two Meetings – BE THERE!

We all know that water profiteers have had their eyes on the Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer, underlying Bastrop and Lee counties, for some time now. (Make sure you’ve read our media release here.)

Last week the Texas House passed HB 4, lining up $2B from the Rainy Day Fund to fund pipelines to move water around the state, despite the House analysis stating that not enough money was allocated to conservation!  (More soon on this topic.)

Please come to these two urgently important meetings — the Independent Texans strategy meeting in Giddings on Monday, April 8th, 6 pm, Giddings Library (map here) — AND the hearing in Giddings on Wednesday, April 17th, 6 pm, Giddings City Hall (map here) — bring a lawn chair! 

Click on and Share this flier about these meetings.

Your Action Plan:  1.  Come to both meetings/invite your neighbors, 2.  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, including the Austin American-Statesman, 3.  Spread the word!

Please share the flier or use the share button on this site and share through Facebook/social networking.  If you want hard copies of the flier below, call us at 512-535-0989.

We also need volunteers — call us!

Independent Texans will lay out for you, at the April 8th meeting, a number of options for fighting this.  Therefore, this meeting is critical to success on the 17th.

As we have said, we all need water.  Robbing Peter to pay Paul is madness.

Please watch your emails for more this week.  If you do not receive our emails, click on the link just before our logo on the top right hand side of this page and sign up.

Thank you Texas!


Texas Water Board What Happened?

What the TWDB did was build a record for water vendors to use when they sue the Lost Pines Groundwater District, while they try other ways to get our water. Read the rest of this entry »

Letters to Editors

A water war is coming to a head in the race for State Representative in Texas House District 17 (Bastrop, Burleson, Colorado, Fayette, Lee and a portion of Brazos counties). Independents are backing Democratic Pati Jacobs, and to defeat the Republican incumbent State Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt. 
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Aqua Water Forum

An unprecedented forum was held by the Aqua Water Coop Board on Tuesday, September 21st at 6pm to discuss opposition to the plan to build a water pipeline to send water to San Marcos for development. Let us at Independent Texans remind you that part of the Trans-Texas Corridor plan was for water pipeline.

We urge you – wherever you are across the state — to sign the “Kill the Trans-Texas Water Petition” and pass it on.

Read Aqua Water’s Press Release with important details about the move by a private company – EndOp, LLC – to grab Bastrop and Lee County’s water and have the state back $300 million in bonds for a 52-mile pipeline to Hays County.
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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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Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose