Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Election Day Tomorrow, Tues, Nov 8, polls 7 to 7

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8th, is election day on 10 statewide Texas constitutional changes.

In our estimation, the big money and related water grabs by the “growth lobby” are Propositions 2 and 4.

No matter how you vote on the remainder of the propositions, these are the most important to defeat to protect your water and wallets.  All the info you need is here:

It became clear at the Water Forum held by Aqua Water Supply Corp. last Thursday, that the fix is in for central Texas.

The is strictly a political hunch, but we’d bet that State Senator Kirk Watson, who pushed Prop 2 at the forum last week, made a deal with key Perry Republicans, to get a nice safe Democratic district this year.  The deal went something like this:

Help me throw a bone to the environmentalists (Prop 8), and let’s work together to pass Prop 2, so we can get the $6B in revolving bonding authority to move projects like the Bastrop and Lee counties 100-mile water pipeline to Hays and Bexar County.  Oh, and by the way, you will carve a safe Democratic district for me to run in, right?

The Texas water wars have just begun folks — ordinary citizens are going to have to stand up and fight.

If you live near or in Milam County, you may want to attend the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District meeting tomorrow night in Milano.  It starts at 5:30 pm at their headquaters at 310 East Avenue C.

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We have just set up a list at Independent Texans for “GMA 12”, Groundwater Management Area 12: Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Navarro, Robertson, and Williamson counties.

On Monday, July 25th, GMA 12 meets in Milano, Texas at 1 pm at the Milano Civic Center (details below).  GMAs are part of the maze of bureaucracies established to manage Texas groundwater.   Please consider attending this critical meeting.

Environmental Stewardship has filed a petition to challenge GMA 12’s “Desired Future Conditions” adopted in August 2010, because they “do not include available scientific study and reliable technologies and therefore fail to protect the Colorado and Brazos rivers, area springs and streams.”  What’s more, ES Director, Steve Box, said they are concerned that GMA 12 area resources, “may be destroyed by careless disregard in a matter of a few years.” Read their press release here. Read all the background information here, including the ES formal petition.

There are carpools leaving from Bastrop, and likely other cities in GMA 12, to this meeting.  Reply to this message if you want a ride and from what area.

REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU CAN MAKE THIS MEETING, please contact your local groundwater district and let them know you support the Environmental Stewardship petition:

Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District (Brazos and Robertson counties)
Mid-East Texas Groundwater Conservation District (Freestone, Leon, and Madison counties)

Watch for important updates after the July 25th meeting.  Thank you!

Both Parties Lied: The Texas Nightmare


Texas House and Senate members are locked in a stalemate on what to do about funding (or, more accurately, cutting) public education. Your typical member, Republican and Democrat, is catching absolute and deserved hell from their constituents. Because both parties lied to the people of Texas by not making the $27B deficit a front and center issue in the last Governor's race.  Carole Strayhorn was right in her 2006 letter to Rick Perry, calling him on the plan to write a "hot check", predicting a $24B shortfall this year.  But it was both parties that let him get away with it. 

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Bastrop & Lee counties water supply threatened

The water sources of these counties are finite and protecting them now is vital to the sustainability of our quality of life. Read on . . .


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