Tale of Two Aquifers Letter to San Antonio City Council

Stop the Vista Ridge $3.4B Water Grab!  Click here to hear San Antonio interim Mayor Ivy Taylor on KTSA-550 AM explain (badly) why she doesn’t have to listen to the “environmentalists” complaining about Vista Ridge. Call Taylor at 210.207.2280, then, if you live in San Antonio, call your Council District Member at 210.207.7040 This is a woeful tale of two aquifers — the great Simsboro formation of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer underlying Burleson, Milam, Lee and Bastrop counties AND the great[…]

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Bus to San Antonio rescheduled for Wednesday, October 8!

Sorry for all the confusion about the trip to San Antonio. We are NOT going today, we’re going next Wednesday as we now have a full hearing NEXT WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8TH, at 6 pm at SAN ANTONIO CITY HALL, 114 W. Commerce. Parking is available next door in the Frost Bank building. So, dear Texans, wherever you are – if you value your water and your wallets – show up! We will hook you up with a ride in your[…]

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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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San Antonio Water Pipeline Watch Out!

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!

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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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