SAWS Deal a Trans-Texas Water Highway!

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.

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Michele Gangnes’ Comments to San Antonio Water System

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.

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Michelle McFadden’s Comments on SAWS Deal

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.

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On the road to protect our water and wallets!

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[…]

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Release: Central Texas Landowners Join Forces to Protect Water in Face of Out-of-Control Growth

A critical decision about the rights of landowners who do not want to sell their water, is coming to a head at a specially called meeting of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District next Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the American Legion in Giddings, 1502 U.S. 77, Giddings NOT the Bastrop Convention Center. Read More…

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Central Texas Landowners Join Forces to Protect Water Supply in the Face of Out-of-Control Growth

Some of us were working this Labor Day for you because, well, you’ll see. Don’t feel guilty, just read this press release, “Central Texas Landowners Join Forces to Protect Water Supply in the Face of Out-of Control Growth”. Then read these doozy comments we filed on Labor Day with the Texas Water Development Board on how Prop 6 money should, and should not, be spent on water projects. Last, kindly show up at any and all of these events! (Spread the word y’all — use the share buttons at the bottom.) Read More…

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The Texas green tea party — Sign the Petition for Local Control!

Jim Hightower at the Capitol with Julia Trigg Crawford and Debra Medina, June 2013 If you believe that Texans must and can unite — call it the green tea party, if you like — across the partisan divide, to protect our land, water, air and property rights, please sign this petition for Local Control and Property Rights. Then spread it across the land! Here’s the text of the petition — be sure to sign it in the window below it[…]

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Conference Call, Urgent Updates & Tell Tex

We apologize for not getting this out to you sooner, but we have a good excuse. We’ve been working night and day to bring the issues that unify urban and rural Texas out to the public with a big bang and this dude, Tex, VERY SOON! We’ll be reporting about it on this Saturday’s conference call at 9 am. (Remember, we now hold these calls every other Saturday at 9 am). If you do not yet have the call-in instructions,[…]

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