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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING
Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Gonzales County Court House
The following information is from the GCUWCD agenda for their special meeting and public hearing agenda for Monday, 5/23/11:
It was revealed at the last board meeting that $60000 of the mitigation fund has already been used to deal with the impact of existing exportation on current residents’ wells, and the mitigation manager position is $45,000/year which is clearly not a part-time position. Since the mitigation fund is already being spent, it is evident that EXISTING pumping is already harming the district, without these ADDITIONAL PERMITS that are being sought.
It is clear that the GCUWCD is not protecting the water supply for the residents and businesses in the area.
There are significant concerns about the water situation as it is due to the current drought as expressed in the Austin Statesman (“Lingering drought, rising fears” Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - http://www.statesman.com/news/local/lingering-drought-rising-fears-1483918.html). “The Lower Colorado River Authority on Wednesday sounded the alarm about the current drought, now in its eighth month, and called on its customers to conserve water as summer approaches and the drought intensifies. "We are very concerned, because this drought looks as if it may be one of the most severe we've seen in decades," LCRA General Manager Tom Mason said…Could rank among the top five ever if dry conditions persist. The worst drought on record was from 1947-57.”
San Antonio Express News (“Rain a relief, not a solution” - Tuesday, May 17, 2011) "Rain fell over a large swath of South and Central Texas last week, providing slight relief from a drought that had agricultural officials fearing the nation's third-largest agricultural powerhouse would have scant farm and ranch output this year…Ranchers have been selling off cattle to avoid high feed costs as the drought worsened, officials said.” Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Rain-a-relief-not-a-solution-1383746.php
The Gonzales Cannon reported (“GCUWCD sets date for public comment on contested cases” - May 12, 2011) “During the Manager’s Reports, Sengelmann noted that current water transporters in the district were operating far below approved capacity, but also noted that the region in which the district resides has been classified as an area of “severe drought.” http://www.gonzalescannon.com/node/4948
We currently have a burn ban in place, as do 196 Texas counties. http://tfsfrp.tamu.edu/wildfires/decban.png We are listed as a moderate fire danger risk area. http://webgis.tamu.edu/tfs/rawsd/rawsd.png ...If we have a spreading fire will there be enough water left to protect property and residents?
By now there should be no doubt in your mind that the GCUWCD is selling out local residents and businesses in favor of exporters.
We hope you ALL plan to attend this hearing and voice your opposition to further exportation - especially since residents are already facing problems from the existing exportation permits!
A local landowner on the east side of the county, Ted Boriak, has been organizing an effort to stop the massive exportation of water from his local area. If you live in the affected area you should have received written notices about the TWA permit applications in that area. Ted has put up a website at:
It includes reviews of the situation and his campaign. He has been collecting and submitting petitions objecting to actions by the GCUWCD. The petitions are available for download on his site under the menu listing of Petition to GCUWCD.
If you have questions you can contact him at email@example.com.
>>As you may be aware, we were successful in limiting the SAWS permits - originally they had requested over 40,000 acre feet of water, and the permit they received was for 11,000+. Our attorney, Larry Dunbar, has filed an appeal to the district court contesting this 11000+ a/f permit. We will post more information about this soon.
There have been some relevent articles in the San Antonio Express News recently:
>>New sales tax eyed for water plan January 15, 2011
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[except that $10 million of the $30 million raised would "pay agricultural landowners not to irrigate". Once again, salamanders rule over the people and the cattle in Texas!].
>>San Antonio Water System (SAWS), who "needed" our water, has recently requested proposals from other areas, and received 13 responses:
>>Who owns groundwater in the aquifer? January 12, 2011
>>Groundwater rights should stay with land ownership - Texans' access to abundant, affordable food depends on it. (Todd Staples/Special To The Express-News) December 29, 2010
Be sure to follow the link and read the entire article supporting Texas farmers, ranchers, landowners...
Letter to Santa
streams no longer flow?
Gonzales City residents have to pay for water, which primarily comes from the river?
Region L meetings and minutes archives are online
Here is one of our new billboards:
We are very appreciative of John Gannon, WPA member, and his company JGI, Inc.,
for their work and support getting such great billboards up for us!
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The more members we have, the more they will listen!!
WPA entry awarded 2nd place in Come and Take It parade
in the car/truck - non-commercial division
Many thanks to WPA President Mark Ploeger, Board Member Gene Irle,
Water Issue Symposium, November 12 in San Antonio
The launch of the new season of the Texas Water Symposium.
"Our limited Groundwater Supply: who's desired future conditions are we planning for?"
The Texas Water Symposium, created through the partnership of Schreiner University,
Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio, and Hill Country Alliance
is a series of free lectures designed to inform and engage Texas citizens.
Read more here.
(March 2009 - includes information about water management)
"Water legislation won’t slip away"
This article states that the Texas legislature is considering bills which will impact water management. Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District is working with Austin attorney Jim Allison who will be reviewing the bills, and "will provide the board and general public with summaries and his own analyses"..."Allison advised the district to advocate for protecting the aquifer, it's mission by law, and to be careful not to advocate for other issues like economics or property rights."
"Legislature will wade into water feuds"
Excerpts from the article include: "Water and its protection will top a host of issues this legislative session, with a dozen bills relating to water already pre-filed by legislators. Several include conservation measures and how to protect underground aquifers."
"That bill would have a very direct impact on groundwater districts," Tim Andruss, general manager for the Victoria district, said, adding the board has yet to take any formal position. "Based on my understanding, it would negatively impact the district and the principle of local control that we support."
"Rural Group Pitches Water Project"
San Antonio Express News 12/20/08
Be sure to read this article on a proposed sale of 200,000 acre feet of water per year from the Simsboro aquifer by the Brazos Valley Water Alliance, a group of landowners northeast of Austin in a 3-way deal with GBRA & SAWS to provide water to San Antonio & the I-35 corridor, with most of the water expected to go to San Antonio if the project is approved. (This proposal is for a substantially higher price per acre foot than has been proposed in Gonzales County).
"The project would be similar to the Alcoa project that SAWS considered a few years ago. That proposal, to buy up to 90,000 acre-feet a year from Alcoa in Milam and Lee counties, died in 2005, partly because of local opposition."
The Water Protection Association (WPA) was formed in Gonzales County
in response to concerns about protecting the water resources in south central Texas.
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We appreciate your renewals which pay our attorney fees and expenses for our community education campaign (ads, brochures, etc.).
If your renewal is due please renew as soon as possible. We are an all-volunteer organization, so 100% of the funds we raise are dedicated to our legal or educational efforts.
(You can send your payments to WPA, PO Box 32, Gonzales TX 78629. If you prefer, a new membership form is posted on the Membership Form page to accompany your payment. It has a check box indicating that this is a renewal. You can also renew at our meeting).
We need to continue to expand our membership, which CONTINUES TO strengthen our influence and pay our expenses.
One way to expand is for each of you to make sure when you are talking with others in the area that you explain the CRITICAL nature of this situation to them and encourage them to attend our next open meeting.
If each member can recruit at least one new member, we will double our membership. This will double our strength, and keep us moving forward in this campaign!
Each and every business owner, rancher and property owner needs to recognize how critical water availability is. If our water is depleted by exportation, businesses, ranchers and the economy would suffer, property values would sink, and our future would be uncertain.
WE ALL NEED TO SPREAD THE WORD!!!
WE NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH OUR CAMPAIGN !!