League of Independent Voters of Texas
 

Dear #FIRST_NAME#Friends#:

Watch this 1-minute excerpt of Rep. Lyle Larson at Wednesday's hearing in Natural Resources about why he thinks Texas needs a "study" on a statewide grid to conduct large-scale movement of groundwater to the Texas triangle -- DFW, San Antonio and Austin. (This message is posted here to share with others.)

Then...take action (see below) and be on tomorrow's 9 am call. Reply for details.

The problem: The nation now watches the disastrous results of a policy deployed just 50 years ago in California to move groundwater to population centers. Now those big cities have a water crisis, but so too does California’s Central Valley -- a critical breadbasket for our country. This should give pause to our legislators -- some, of whom appear ready to employ a similar strategy in Texas. House Bill 3298's groundwater grid map has the "water heart" of Texas in the middle of the state -- but actually is wherever we live. Instead of the Texas Water Grid, we have a better idea. Keep reading...

A solution.

Conserve Now, Convey Later. Though we understand the problems and solutions are complex, Texas can move now to marshal our water funds towards a massive conservation effort for Texas -- to save water, not consume ever-greater quantities of water. Mining our aquifers will only make things worse.

ACTION PLAN:
Send this letter now to key legislative leaders, then do the rest of our action plan below.

Click here to sign the letter now.

  • We hope you've already sent the letter -- if not, back up and do it now. Then -- THIS IS CRITICAL! -- reach your own State Representative and Senator with the same message. Find them here.
  • Send your own letter to the editor, call community leaders you know -- get this out for us.
  • Come to hearings next week and/or join us for tomorrow's 9 am conference call. Reply for details.

This entire message is posted here in our news section -- share from there and post a comment.

For a deeper understanding, read testimonies on Larson's grid bill (HB 3298/SB 1907) from Environmental Stewardship, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and us here at the League.

Read Alyssa Burgin's "California Water Story" for a deeper understanding of the history of the problem.

Independently yours,

League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602
512-213-4511 * 512-657-2089 cell

P.S. Don’t forget -- Larson hails from San Antonio, the city that once made conservation their cause and reversed course last October with the groundwater movement ‘game changer’ -- the Vista Ridge water grab.