Media Advisory for
August 10, 2016
For more info contact:
Linda Curtis, 512-657-2089
Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District Expected to
Capitulate to End Op, L.P. Water Grab
The Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District has been under fire by water marketers, municipalities and legislators for the last fifteen years for taking a conservative "go-slow" approach to mining the aquifer underlying Lee and Bastrop counties. The District's strongest advocates have always been landowners and residents who early on fought off San Antonio's aggressive attempt to grab groundwater from the deep and slow recharge Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Lee, Bastrop, Burleson and Milam counties. The mass movement of this water affects millions of central Texans from Bryan-College Station to Hays County to San Antonio.
Tomorrow night, Lost Pines GCD is expected to capitulate to End Op, L.P's permit demand for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year (about 15 billion gallons). End Op's permit, together with the already permitted Vista Ridge "San Antone Hose" for 50,000 acre-feet by Post Oak Savannah GCD could usher in private water marketers' strategy to have the Legislature roll over for the "California Water Model", a proven disaster.
Landowners, residents and a number of community organizations are preparing for an accelerated clash in the courts, giving rise to a new non-profit organization, the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund.
Who: Founders of Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund
What: Lost Pines GCD Final Hearing on End Op, L.P. 46,000 AFY permit
Where: Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Chestnut, Bastrop, TX
When: Wednesday, August 10, 6 pm
More background from Environmental Stewardship provided here.