Vista Ridge Resolution Coalition

Breaking News on the San Antone Hose!

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We have some breaking news on the San Antone Hose!

After years of bitter battles over Vista Ridge between the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District, and landowners and other aquifer guardians, we must applaud Post Oak Directors (Milam and Burleson counties) for taking decisive action last Friday. Watch for news reports!

Read our media release today and enjoy the moment.

How long this moment will last, we cannot say.

Vista Ridge is a mega-permit to export 50,000 acre feet of groundwater per year for the next 30 years demanded by San Antonio Water System, a public utility, and permitted by Post Oak.

Who will this affect? Largely, rural elderly folks of modest means in Burleson, Milam, Lee and Bastrop counties -- and San Antonio ratepayers. The latter live in the poorest metro area in the US, a community being hit hard by COVID and its economic impacts.

Action Request
Jump on the conference call line this Wednesday, July 22, at 7 pm, for the next Board Meeting of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (Lee & Bastrop counties). The agenda and instructions are here.

We want the Lost Pines Board to know we are concerned and we want protection from multiple mega-water permits which, like Vista Ridge, have yet to demonstrate they are actually needed and will serve a "beneficial purpose," as required by Texas water law.

Our officials -- of all stripes -- are failing us, while some are starting to step up in a tough and complicated situation.

It might not be too late...yet.

On that note, you can also call the official(s) of your choice, all the way to the Governor's office.

PS The petition drive for the SAWS Accountability Act (SAWSAct.org) is underway! Print it out or reply to this message if you want us to mail you some. San Antonio voters only may sign.

2 comments

  1. Linda, thank you so much for relaying this news and bringing it to everyone’s attention. People need to understand water supply is linked to population economics, economic stability, and their food supply. We can’t rob Peter to pay Paul and not fix things properly as we go, or it will be a catastrophe of Biblical proportions. The ‘New’ citizen, starting at birth, needs to be very aware of these things. And deal with the selfish and irresponsible. …”Vista Ridge is a mega-permit to export 50,000 acre feet of groundwater per year for the next 30 years demanded by San Antonio Water System, a public utility, and permitted by Post Oak.”

    1. Thanks for your comment, Michael. For those people just hearing about this, they’re going to be hopping mad to find out the developer lobby is demanding Vista Ridge be paid for by people who live the poorest metro area in the country. For what? To pad their pockets building out over the Edwards Aquifer — one of the crown aquiver jewels in the world — that’s right — the world that is sensitive to pollution brought on by “impervious cover.” These dudes are truly impervious — impervious to common sense, to social responsibility, to common decency given what is happening to millions of people in these times.

      Developers have a role to play. That’s not as a wrecking crew.

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