• Project-specific 50-year drawdown (in feet) in the Simsboro Aquifer attributable to the proposed LCRA pumpage, estimated using the state-approved Gtroundwater Availability Model and prepared by the consulting hydrologist to the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District.

     

    2020 Water News in Central Texas

     

    Vista Ridge

     

    ~ aka "The San Antone Hose" ~ takes center stage again for an

    important PUBLIC HEARING on February 13, 5:30 p.m., 310 East Avenue C, Milano, Texas

    Offices of Post Oak Groundwater Conservation District

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    GO TO THE NEWS BLOG HERE FOR AN IMPORTANT UPDATE

    on Vista Ridge's demand for more water ---and

    see more here on our Vista Ridge Permit page

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    The LCRA Contested Case

     

    is now in the hands of the Administrative Law Judges at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. There is no set timetable for them to render their "Proposal for Decision" to the Lost Pines Groundwater

    Conservation District

     

    ~ ~ Briefing from these eight parties to the hearing

    concluded on January 31 ~~

    Protestants

    Landowners represented by Grissom & Thompson LP and supported through SAWDF ("Brown Landowners")

    Elvis and Roxanne Hernandez, Landowners

    Environmental Stewardship, Guardian of the Colorado River

    Aqua Water Supply Corporation

    City of Elgin

    Recharge Water LP

    &

    Lower Colorado River Authority, Permit Applicant and Protestant

    &

    Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, Permitting Authority

     

    After the judges render their Proposal for Decision, the District's Board will convene a PUBLIC HEARING with live public comment

    before it reaches a decision whether to issue the LCRA's requested permit and if so, in what form. ~~ STAY TUNED to SAWDF for developments (and start working on your comments -- comments may be submitted in writing or at the hearing --- we'll tell you when to submit).

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    SAWDF at the Texas Legislature

    SAWDF uses its limited ability to advocate for legislation under the

    federal tax rules for 501c3 organizations when water policy, property rights, and landowners rights to protect our aquifers are at stake.

     

    Two of our board members, Travis Brown and Andy Wier, along with landowner Kermit Heaton and League of Independent Voters' Linda Curtis, represented central Texas interests by testifying at a Joint Hearing of the Senate Water and Rural Affairs Committee (Chairman Charles Perry) and Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee

    (Chairman Robert Birdwell).

    The subjects of the "interim" hearing (that is, "occurring between regular legislative sessions") were Future Water Supply and

    Groundwater Regulatory Framework.

    Go to SAWDF's Facebook page here to see SAWDF's and some of its supporters' testimony

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    FUNDRAISING

     

     We are fundraising for SAWDF's public information campaign and our other perennial functions as an aquifer watchdog, including the costs of the LCRA contested case (go here to read about our earmarked donations). Watch our short video on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, the source of water for Milam, Burleson, Lee and Bastrop counties and then follow the link on our Facebook page to the donation page (or go here on this website).

     

    SAWDF is participating in #ILiveHereIGiveHere", especially 2020 Amplify Austin --- go to our February 5 post on our Facebook page here to learn more and see our Events page here.

     

    JOIN THE BATTLE TO PROTECT AQUIFERS AND PRIVATE

    PROPERTY RIGHTS

    ~~ IT'S YOUR GROUNDWATER AND YOUR GRANDKIDS' LEGACY~~

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    SUPPORT SAWDF'S OUTREACH/EDUCATION/ADVOCACY PROGRAMS AND ACTIONS ~~ DONATE TODAY

    with your tax-deductible contributions.

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