San Antonio Water System’s unanimous vote yesterday to rush a $3.4 billion deal for a 142-mile water pipeline from Burleson County, began hitting a few road blocks when two public finance attorneys showed up in opposition to the project. SAWS Chair Berto Guerra delivered a 15-minute monologue extolling the virtues of SAWS’ Vista Ridge “deal of the century”, but then reduced public comment from the standard five minutes to two minutes because there were “so many” speakers. There were nine.Read more
I am a founding board member of the League of Independent Voters of Texas, I am a licensed attorney, and I have practiced law with a specialty in municipal and corporate finance for about 32 years of my 36-year law practice in the Pacific Northwest. I do not serve as legal counsel to the League, and I’m no expert on Texas public finance, but I have been eligible for inclusion in the so-called “Red Book” of public finance counsel since 1987.Read more
My name is Michelle McFaddin. I am a licensed attorney retained by League of Independent Voters of Texas. Between 2007 and 2013, I was employed by the Texas Water Development Board as the lead attorney for the federal and state water and wastewater infrastructure loan programs. In that capacity, I assisted SAWS in financing its Brackish Groundwater Desalination Project through the state Water Infrastructure Fund program. In my experience, SAWS is a sophisticated borrower with staff that is knowledgeable and experienced in implementing large-scale, complex projects.Read more
We were in San Antonio on Monday to witness San Antonio Water System (SAWS) unveil a $3.4 billion contract for 50,000 acre-feet of water per year (AFY) from the Simsboro in Burleson and Milam counties. Yes, that’s the same aquifer Lee and Bastrop counties have been fighting to protect– for years. This aquifer recharges only 13,000 AFY, while water profiteers and hydrologists-for-hire say it is “drought-proof” — just like they said 50-years ago about one of the world’s largest aquifers, the Ogallala, now dying in West Texas.Read more
San Antonio Water Pipeline watch out! This will drain the Simsboro, help pave over the sensitive aquifers south of Austin, and cost ratepayers big time. Who’s pushing this? San Antonio Water System under the pressure of the real estate lobby — specifically the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. It’s time to move on this if you don’t want your water grabbed. Come to San Antonio!Read more
On September 11th, I attended a forum in Hays County put on by the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD). I have good friends in CARD and I think they mean well. I also believe, they had no intention of letting this happen.Read more
I about to hit the road to this event in Wimberley at 6 pm hoping to unite us to stop the water grabs! Don’t forget the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference this coming Monday and Tuesday at the Bastrop Convention Center. Our own Michele Gangnes and Steve Box (Environmental Stewardship) are on the water panel on Tuesday morning. At least come to the movie on Monday night! Details here. Last night, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District sent the[…]Read more
ALERT! The location of the Lost Pines Water meeting on Wednesday has changed! It is NOT in Bastrop. It’s in Lee County at the American Legion Hall, 1502 Hwy. 77, in Giddings! There are also new threats to our water we will share via flier for you to take to your neighbors. Show up and do your part and spread the word! Newspapers have the wrong location!