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...
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.
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.
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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.
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.