Whether you have a well or not, those of you who live over the central Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer and those of you who support a sustainable water supply --- that is, a water supply that will last beyond our needs, and will supply our kids and future generations ----please read this important message here.
The Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund is very grateful for the great response we have received from our donors in our short existence, and we respectfully ask for your continued support –--
TODAY, APRIL 3, 2021, WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT US WITH MORE
THAN YOUR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS. WE NEED YOUR HELP AT THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE.
These are strange times --- while we would love to see you turn out at a VERY IMPORTANT HEARING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 6, AT 8 A.M. IN THE TEXAS HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE, we know not all of you can do that, so we have a roadmap for you here on how to help from home!
Why is this so important to us?
Anytime the Legislature is in session, we have come to learn that rural Texans
will be under-appreciated and under-represented.
Only if we raise our voices and make demands, will we be heard on OUR IMPORTANT ISSUES.
Once again, we are still facing issues like whether our groundwater will be conserved and cherished, and shared accordingly, or squandered to line the pockets of clever middlemen who profit from permanently depleting --- "mining" --- our aquifers, transporting the water far away, never to return in any meaningful way to support our future, either physically or financially.
SAWDF BOARD MEMBER, BASTROP COUNTY LANDOWNER AND VOLUNTEER LANDOWNER ADVOCATE, ANDY WIER, HAS ENGAGED WITH OUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO GIVE LANDOWNERS A VOICE WHEN OUR GROUNDWATER DISTRICTS ISSUE HUGE EXPORT PERMITS THAT THREATEN OUR LOCAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, OUR ECONOMY AND OUR FUTURE.
GO HERE TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU MUST DO BEFORE TUESDAY, APRIL 6 TO HELP OUR EFFORTS AT THE LEGISLATURE. SAWDF WORKS FOR YOU, BUT YOU MUST HELP TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.
LCRA HEARING STATUS
Go here for all the details we have for the now INDEFINITELY continued JANUARY 28, 2021 final public hearing on the LCRA permit for 8 billion gallons (25,000 acre-feet) per year of Bastrop County groundwater. We have lived to fight another day! (We will keep you posted on the schedule.)
To cut to the chase, the Lost Pines District listened to the Protestants, who disputed LCRA's claim that Lost Pines had no choice but to issue the
full permit for 25,000 acre-feet/year!
The District's Board of Directors --- consisting of your neighbors who were appointed by the County Judges of Lee and Bastrop counties --- heard from a handful of public speakers in the public comment segment before the hearing convened earlier this year, including SAWDF.
SAWDF had hoped prior to the hearing that the District would see the obvious wisdom in reducing the permit to a reasonable amount, if not denying the permit altogether --- the District has to have a very good reason to deny the permit; however, there is evidence in the record the permit should at least
be reduced if not denied.
We were impressed by the obvious preparation and collaboration to present a united front in the
Protestants' presentations --- stay tuned!
In a sign they are interested in exploring alternatives to LCRA's "slam dunk, give us the permit", the Board emerged from executive session and voted to continue the hearing to further consider the Protestants' arguments.
The Board's legal counsel questioned the Protestants
at the end of the hearing, and before the Board retired to Executive Session, to explore whether a permit for 8,000 acre-feet, without the ability to exceed that amount without a new application, would satisfy the Protestants (he later indicated he would not recommend a solution to the Lost Pines Board that could not survive an appeal).
Go here to download the video of the January 28 hearing.
AND DID YOU KNOW LEE COUNTY WELLS ARE ALREADY EXPERIENCING SERIOUS PROBLEMS FROM PUMPING FOR SAN ANTONIO IN NEARBY BURLESON COUNTY! Public comment raised this issue! Why are we still permitting if wells are going dry?? Go here for details.
More about this new concern...
January 21, 2021 Update on Well Failures
Go HERE for SAWDF's updated media release on the biggest reason why Lee County Judge Paul Fischer always urges the Lost Pines GCD to "go slow" in its permitting. If you caught the Jan. 14 Lexington Leader and Giddings News & Times, you'll see our release on the front pages, and you will also see that the Lexington Leader reached out to Mr. Wayne Iselt --- Wayne and his family are legendary local well drillers, and Wayne and his family are running ragged to answer all the calls for well issues.
Judge Fischer's, and our, fears about local effects of heavy pumping are coming true, and he is absolutely right to advise caution; until we know the extent of what's happening to wells in this district, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the district should not permit any mega-projects, including LCRA!
We hope to soon have more updates on both SAWDF and Lost Pines GCD activities with respect to the status of wells in the district.
We have received numerous reports of wells in northeastern Lee County suddenly experiencing significant drops --- in some cases over 100 feet --- in water levels. (Burleson County is also experiencing well declines.)
We are still looking for landowners in either Lee or Burleson counties willing to give us a "survey" of their wells --- go here to read our information email and find our Well Survey form --- adapt it or add as much info as you want, if it doesn't fully tell your story, especially if you are experiencing problems --- we need to hear from you! (LCRA parties, we probably have all your information at this time, but do update us if you have new information.)
Go here to read our December 23, 2020 update about why Lee County wells are declining and stay tuned for further updates --- including maps of affected wells.
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