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Water Action Request

Don't let the "California Model" -- drain first, conserve later -- be fully employed in Texas. Sign the petition/letter below to Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Straus, Rep. Keffer and Sen. Perry, then contact your own State Representative and Senator. (Note: Add your own polite personal comments in the little window at the very bottom of the petition/letter.) Find your Rep & Senator here and please read all the way to the bottom of this post. Got questions? Contact us at 512-213-4511 or info@independentleaguetx.org

Conserve First, Convey Later

This petition is now closed.

End date: Nov 12, 2015

Signatures collected: 278

278 signatures

These are the committees in the Texas House and Senate deliberating on water legislation. Please make sure you have read the latest action request in our "News" section. If we ask you to reach the committee members, use these. Hint: Perhaps you know folks living in their districts that you can ask to participate. Make sure you and they sign up to get our emails.

Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs Committee:

Name/website Email Phone Home City Counties/Cities
Charles Perry, Chair charles.perry@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0129 Lubbock Senate District 28
Judith Zaffirini, Vice-Chair judith.zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0121 Laredo Senate District 21
Brandon Creighton brandon.creighton@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0104 Beaumont Senate District 4
Bob Hall bob.hall@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0102 Rockwall Senate District 2
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa juan.hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0120 McAllen Senate District 20
Lois W. Kolkhorst lois.kolkhorst@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0118 Brenham Senate District 18
Jose R. Rodriguez jose.rodriquez@senate.state.tx.us (512) 463-0129 El Paso Senate District 29

House Natural Resources Committee:

Chair: Jim Keffer Email:  jim.keffer@house.state.tx.us Home: Granbury House District 60:  Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Shackelford, Stephens, Palo Pinto, Hood 512-463-0656
Vice Chair: Trent Ashby Email: trent.ashby@house.state.tx.us Home: Lufkin House District 57: Angelina, Houston, Leon, Madison, San Augustine, Trinity 512-463-0508
Dennis Bonnen Email: dennis.bonnen@house.state.tx.us Home: Angelton House District 25: Brazoria (part), Matagorda 512-463-0564
DeWayne Burns Email: dewayne.burns@house.state.tx.us Home: Cleburne House District 58: Bosque, Johnson 512-463-0538
James Frank Email: james.frank@house.state.tx.us Home: Witchita Falls House District 69: Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Knox, Wichita 512-463-0534
Kyle J. Kacal Email: kyle.kacal@house.state.tx.us Home: Bryan House District 12: Brazos (part) Falls, Limestone, McLennan (part), Robertson 512-463-0412
Tracy O. King Email: tracy.king@house.state.tx.us Home: Laredo House District 80: Dimmit, Frio, Uvalde, Webb (part) Zapata, Zavala 512-463-0194
Lyle Larson Email: lyle.larson@house.state.tx.us Home: San Antonio House District 122: Bexar (part) 512-463-0646
Eddie Lucio III Email: eddie.lucio@house.state.tx.us Home:
House District 38: Cameron (part) 512-463-0606
Poncho Nevarez

Email: poncho.nevarez@house.state.tx.us

Home: Eagle Pass House District 74:  Brewster, Bulbertson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell, Val Verde 512-463-0566
Paul Workman Email: paul.workman@house.state.tx.us Home:
House District 47: Travis (part) 512-463-0652


  1. Taking water from districts which need to keep their resources for further development of a wealthier area is unethical. It makes much more sense to focus and follow up on district planning. Limiting population growth in an are to the numbers that can be supported by local resources and developing infrastructure and technology, building, and installing sustainable resource-harvesting methods woul show much more maturity than the land- and water-grabs of which Texans in power seem so fond.

    The real issue is that unlimited growth of area population threatens Earth’s future. The selfishness demonstrated in this state cannot be maintained if there is to be a bright future for its People (not just ghe wealthy and influential).

    1. Thank you, Barbara, for your comments. They are helpful and wise.

      I hope you will take the time to do the “Action Request” on these bills — and keep watching this page for important updates.

      Many thanks! Linda Curtis

  2. This is going to be a very hard-sell in East Texas, as you know. However, this cooler, slightly wetter year is an ideal time to beat the drum for conservation which folks in my area – Dallas, Farmers Branch – apparently have no heart for. In my frequent walks around my area, I see huge quantities of water being wasted – all you need do is pay attention! My city government, the country club nearby, commercial entities of all kinds seem to have NO interest or knowledge of why or how to CONSERVE. For a state chockfull of CONSERVATIVES, that could be funny except it’s not. Short-sighted and ignorant, yes. Conservative, no.

  3. The way that you fight is by making them pay up in court! If your well dries up, then they just bought the farm. In the Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Burrell Day case, the Texas Supreme Court held: “We decide in this case whether land ownership includes an interest in groundwater in place that cannot be taken for public use without adequate compensation guaranteed by article I, section 17(a) of the Texas Constitution. We hold that it does.”

    1. Sometimes court action can be great but many landowners just can’t afford it. Moreover, it can be difficult to prove you’ve been harmed. Bottom line, though, Brian is for citizens to get themselves organized so they can learn how to protect themselves and their water — and prepare for action, including court action. When we pool our resources, this makes it all more doable.

  4. Hello yall, my name is April Herrera and I have a suggestion. I am a big believer in alternatives and what I suggest is an alternative to legislation. Instead of bringing outside projects like the one in California, why not conserve the water we have? I am member of a new company called paser aqua and our main mission is to conserve the water we have or in other terms water recycle. I invite you to checkout the website and judge for yourself if this is something that will be of use for the opposition of the san antone hose. I myself am a tax payer and know that a project like this will make it that much more difficult to payoff of my student loans and start a new living. Again, feel free to check out our genuine idea and shoot us an email. We would love to see if our invention can help the Stop Water Grabs movement. Thank you!

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