All Central Texans -- we REALLY need you in San Antonio at High Noon on Tuesday, November 10th. We have a bus coming from Burleson County and vans from other counties. Click here to reserve a seat.
If you're tired of SAWS (San Antonio Water System) trying to be the water warlords of central Texas at your expense, you must be at this event.
Conservative rural Texans will meet urban progressives -- in an unlikely coalition -- to join hands in prayer and across the 142-mile Vista Ridge pipeline. We will deliver thousands of signatures to the San Antonio City Council urging them to do the right thing and stop the SAWS horror show, otherwise known as Vista Ridge.
Happy Halloween, stay safe this weekend and please share our video and plans with your friends across Texas.
San Antonio's Vista Ridge Project - click on it for a more detailed map
Vista Ridge is having a really bad hair week -- read this from yesterday's Texas Tribune!
Tomorrow's Bastrop event is canceled due to the preoccupation of Bastrop citizens with the fire. Everyone is pulling for you, Bastrop!
Tuesday night, October 20 -- Burleson County and parts nearby -- come to the Caldwell Civic Center at 6:30 pm. Share this event on Facebook from here. Now is the time to render Vista Ridge bald -- as in the bald-faced claims of San Antonio Water System's CEO, Robert Puente, about how Burleson countians support Vista Ridge. We'll be showing the NEW and IMPROVED video, "I Oppose the San Antone Hose".
Wednesday, October 21, 7 pm, Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District meets at Giddings City Hall at 7 pm. Public comments will be taken. End Op LP is NOT on the agenda.
Next Saturday, October 24, from 10am-5 pm, downtown Elgin, Texas. We need your help collecting signatures at the Hogeye Festival in Elgin. Reply to volunteer or just call us - details here.
Next Sunday, October 25, 6 pm, join our every other Sunday conference call.
We need volunteers now more than ever. If you live in the Bastrop area, we need help with central administration. So, step up and call us!
BASTROP COUNTY—Developers along the Interstate 35 corridor are still trying to get water rights from Bastrop and Lee County.
Area property owners oppose the deal, saying their aquifer would be depleted faster than it can recharge. The water would serve communities between San Antonio and Austin. The situation includes a company wanting approximately 50,000 acre-feet of water a year. One acre foot of water is roughly a foot of water covering a football field, including the end zones.
The Lost Pines Conservation District met in private Wednesday night. Board members say this is the same contract they've discussed for two years, but have not yet approved. Property owners worry this deal could compromise their future water supply.
"Everything from agricultural prosperity to the opportunity for other businesses, and everything from private endeavors all the way through any industrial endeavors that we might have out here. They all depend on water,” said Bastrop County resident Grant Crump.
This fight follows the approval of another water contract for the San Antonio area. That contract taps a different aquifer, but a study by a groundwater scientist found they're both connected.
"What is really unbelievable is that they are going to use our water in a slow recharge aquifer to go build over the Edwards Aquifer and its recharge zone,” said Linda Curtis, League of Independent Voters.
Property owners contested this case. On Friday, a judge will determine if they have a say in the deal.
In the morning, District Judge Carson Campbell heard arguments by landowners asking the court to stop the permit negotiations between Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District and End Op LP until their appeal for party status (a seat at the table) is heard. The court will rule tomorrow -- Friday.
In the evening, in front of 150 folks from four counties over the aquifer -- Milam, Burleson, Lee and Bastrop -- Lost Pines took no action -- good news.
Even better news is that we -- the people --- started telling the world about the plans underway to drain the aquifer for no less than 3 mega-permits -- End Op, Forestar Real Estate and San Antonio's Vista Ridge totalling at least 141,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year.
Click on this video above to watch the FOX-TV News Report. More coverage coming too!
What I loved most was seeing these folks extending their hands from across the aquifer chanting "Stop the Water Grabs", as Lost Pines went into executive session.
We must go to the Governor -- and state and local officials NOW -- with this letter petition. Keep getting this out!
There's lots more ways you can help. Contact us or be on Sunday's conference call at 6 pm. (Reply for details.) We also want to hear your ideas.
In the words of 6th generation Texas landowner, Darwyn Hanna -- we will not submit to WATER BANKRUPTCY.
Keep checking in for upcoming events here. Next stop is Lockhart on Saturday.
PS Do you know a landowner facing the pipeline for Vista Ridge? Help us get them to Lockhart on Saturday.
We are holding a eminent domain session THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, AT 10 AM IN LOCKHART (details below) on eminent domain for landowners facing pipeline easement demands by Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corporation (or Abengoa Vista Ridge LLC) for San Antonio's Vista Ridge project.
Others of you are also welcome to join us. Because seating is limited, we ask you to reserve a seat by replying to this message with a request for number of seats.
This session will be led by Luke Ellis, a partner in the Austin law firm Johns, Mars, Ellis and Hodge LLP. His firm has a statewide reputation for representing landowners in eminent domain proceedings -- not the companies and governmental bodies that condemn the property of landowners.
THIS SATURDAY, 10 AM Learning Session on Eminent Domain in the City of Lockhart
First Lockhart National Bank, 111 S. Main, Lockhart, Texas
This is a free event. Reply to reserve a seat as seating is limited. NOTE: Any persons affiliated with proponents of water supply permits are not welcome at this meeting.
Remember, tonight at 7 pm the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District will deliberate at the Bastrop Convention Center (1408 Chestnut) on one of the three mega-permit demands on the same aquifer. Tonight is about End Op LP. A court hearing took place this morning with landowners asking the court to stop the End Op negotiations until their appeal for party status (a seat at the table) has its day in court. The court will rule on Friday. Stay tuned!
Our worst fears about the water war could come true at the Bastrop Convention Center this Wednesday night at 7 pm (1408 Chestnut). The outcome of this meeting will affect the future for an entire region – from Bryan-College Station to Austin to San Antonio.
We will be sitting in silence and talking to the press.
We will watch our friends on the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District either capitulate to the advice of their lawyers, or remember their mission and their actual history -- as a conservation district.
Listen up, friends. Is it not yet clear to you that THE pivotal issue for our future – is not simply water? It is really a question of who decides on the pivotal issues. Will it be land speculators, profiteers and lobbyists, many who do not even live in Texas and don’t give a hoot about us? Or will it be the people who live here and who care deeply about our affordability, our water and – most of all -- the future for generations to come?
While a regional movement of citizens has begun to rise up against San Antonio’s Vista Ridge water grab in Burleson and Milam counties, End Op LP’s mega-permit ON THE SAME AQUIFER (just on the other side, in Lee and Bastrop counties), is barreling down the track at this meeting. If they get what they want (46,000 acre-feet), Forestar Real Estate Group will be close behind and they will get their full 45,000 acre-feet in Lee County.
Last week, we shared with you this report by respected hydrologist, George Rice, former board member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The drawdowns and expected damage to the aquifer were projections for Vista Ridge only. His report does not take into account an additional 91,000 acre-feet for the profiteering End Op and Forestar deals.
Is it not yet clear to you that Austin’s affordability, Hays County and its Hill Country way of life, San Antonio’s ratepayers and water bankruptcy east of Austin all the way to Bryan-College Station, are all on the line at the same time?
Friends, it’s time to tell the world what is happening here.
Come out on Wednesday night. We don't want Davy Crockett turning in his grave.
PS Keep getting those signatures on the petition to the Governor -- linked here on our home page -- and watch your email on Thursday for a report and call to action.
A study by respected hydrologist George Rice was released a few hours ago. Rice
George Rice, respected hydrologist, former Edwards Aquifer Authority Board Member
explains just how dangerous Vista Ridge pumping will be to the aquifer in the Post Oak and Lost Pines districts -- affecting hundreds of thousands who rely on the aquifer.
We will be leaving at least 200-450 foot drawdowns the next generation. The study was sponsored by a host of organizations on the front lines of the central Texas water wars from across the Vista Ridge pipeline. It's that rural -urban alliance at it again!
We just held excellent events in Lee and Guadalupe counties -- lots of people are picking up on our petition drive. We're now receiving thousands of petition letters to Governor Greg Abbott. Burleson County is leading on petitions, so get with it y'all. Petition page here.
Join us in Dime Box at the Blackridge Festival this Saturday? Volunteers needed. Pick up a 4 x 4 sign too!
Very Important Dates...San Antonio...Smithville
This Saturday, San Antonio, 2:30, Brookhollow Library. Details here.
Tuesday, October 6, Smithville, First National Bank at 6:30 pm. Details here.
Wednesday, October 7, sometime during the day, Judge Carson Campbell will hear arguments on a motion to stop the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District from issuing a permit to End Op LP. That night at 7 pm at Bastrop City Hall, Lost Pines will revisit the permit.
If Vista Ridge collapses, just remember there are other mega-water permits on the way.
Stay ready for action and keep those petitions going! This is an amazing effort.
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