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    ~~Welcome to news on the proposed Desired Future Conditions ~~


    Here's the very latest news  ~~~ 


    Please see Environmental Stewardship's latest post on the Desired Future Conditions, here.


    From SAWDF's point of view, here's our November commentary on what happened with the DFCs after the close of the public hearing period.  Bottom line, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District did its best to set a "conservation standard" for our aquifers  ~~~ please read here.


    Here are the background stories on the DFC process:

    THE LOST PINES GROUNDWATER DISTRICT HEARING ON THE PROPOSED DFC was held AUGUST 18, 2021, as the last of the public comment hearings for the five groundwater districts in Groundwater Management Area-12. Lost Pines held its "DFC Workshop" for the board and the public on September 15, 2021.


    We appreciate everyone's participation in this mystifying but essential exercise of "joint planning" that Texas water law requires.  


    If you go here on the SAWDF news blog, you will read about a very important resolution passed by both the Lee County and Bastrop County Commissioners Courts, and you will get an explanation of what's at stake.


    The Courts have asked, on behalf of the citizens of each county, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District to vote to reject the proposed Desired Future Conditions and instead adopt new DFC that do not allow deeper drawdowns than the currently-effective DFC allow, because the proposed DFC do not establish the required balance between development of groundwater resources, and conservation and protection of those resources.


    State Representative John Cyrier, who represents Lee and Bastrop counties in the state legislature, agrees with us! Please go here to see his letter of support to the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District. 


    A copy of the Lee County Resolution, which is virtually identical to the Bastrop County Resolution, is reproduced at the bottom of the news article.


    Last but not least, please go here, for a very important article which appeared last month in the well-respected Texas Tribune, about landowner well failures due to the Vista Ridge project. It's a must-read, along with the following information!




  • WaterDefenders.org ~~landowners and scientists working to protect water resources and landowner rights in Central Texas.


    Fast-paced growth is here, with people flooding into Texas from the drought impacted western states, especially California.


    Texas needs to avoid the mistakes of the “California Water Model” – massive movement of groundwater to dry areas to serve unsustainable development.

    On the heels of the Big Freeze energy grid failure, we know you agree that Texans cannot afford mismanagement of our water resources.

    What can you do? Show up at hearings happening now, make a comment or submit a comment before they are due in your area. Help us set the course for sustainable management of our water resources.

    We urge citizens in five groundwater conservation districts to ask their district --- and the four other groundwater districts in Groundwater Management Area 12 (GMA-12)--- to reject the current plan to set the “desired future conditions” (DFCs) for GMA-12.

    The five groundwater districts of GMA-12 are comprised of these counties: Bastrop, Lee, Burleson, Milam, Brazos, Robertson, Freestone, Madison, Leon and Fayette.

    DFCs are a planning tool for managing and balancing production of water with conservation of the critically important resource – the water underlying us.
    Technically, "DFC" are what we want our aquifers to look like in fifty year intervals in future; GMA-12 resets our DFC in rolling five-year intervals. In reality, GMA-12 is deciding how much drawdown in our aquifers we must tolerate in future.
    Landowner wells in rural Burleson and Lee counties are already ‘sucking air” in the first year of the 60-year Vista Ridge mega-water pipeline to San Antonio – some 142 miles away. Other mega-projects are underway on the same water resources with potential harm to our rivers and streams, including the Colorado, Brazos, Trinity and Navasota rivers.
    We asked you to address your concerns to all five groundwater districts in GMA-12 during the current joint planning period because we are all in this together!
    All of the public comment periods have closed but....


    Click here for the reasons why the “proposed desired future conditions for GMA-12” need to be rejected and sent back for revision.



    Click here for a handy "Desired Future Conditions 101".



    Please read the information we provide below about who we are~~~


    Thank you!

    Your water defenders at Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund

    and Environmental Stewardship.


    Water Defenders Coalition



    Sustainable Water for Texas



    Uniting Land, Water, and Community



    A coalition of organizations that bring together the strengths of land, water, and community to advocate for a sustainable future by protecting the life force that unites us all — WATER!




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    Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund

    The mission of the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund (SAWDF) is to take action to protect and conserve the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in central Texas, as well as the rivers, streams, and springs that are nurtured by it, and to defend the rights of those who live over the aquifer and who seek to leave a legacy of sustainable water resources for future Texans.


    SAWDF brings landowners together to advocate for the sustainable management of the groundwater they own beneath their soil ~~they look to their groundwater conservation districts for this management, as a part of groundwater districts' mission to protect local water supply.

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    Environmental Stewardship

    Environmental Stewardship (ES) works to protect and preserve the Texas Colorado River, associated aquifers, and the bays and estuaries of the Texas 

    Gulf Coast by combining its first-hand knowledge of the waterway with an unwavering commitment to the rights of the community, to the ecological health of waterways and aquifers, and to the rule of law.


    Environmental Stewardship is a Waterkeeper Affiliate of the Waterkeeper Alliance. ES brings together the sciences of surface water, groundwater, and ecology to advocate for the sustainable co-management of our surface and groundwater that, together, provide the water for our life-supporting ecosystem.


    Both coalition members are Texas nonprofit corporations and qualified 501c3 organizations.

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    The Water Defenders' current campaign:

    Groundwater Management Area 12 (GMA-12) has proposed Desired Future Conditions that unreasonably impact you, your land, your property rights, your community, and your environment. 


    Sustainable management – not aquifer mining – is the only way to protect our local communities and the environment from groundwater over-pumping!


    Go here for the rest of the story, and all the details! Click here for a handy "Desired Future Conditions 101".