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SB 606, authored by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) will be heard before the Senate Water and Rural Affairs Committee. SB 606 is a slap on the wrist to LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), only adding some transparency, training and public engagement reform to an agency that just joined the privateering groundwater conveyance business – in denial of their own mission to protect the Colorado River.
We oppose SB606 unless it contains an amendment to keep the LCRA out of the dirty business of groundwater conveyance for real estate development in dry areas aka "The California Water Model." The substance of that amendment would be the third page of James Murphy’s testimony to the Sunset Commission on December 17. (See here) (Note: Murphy, thankfully, just joined LIV's Advisory Committee -- see here.)
Sen. Watson, who also sits on the powerful Sunset Commission, also represents all of Bastrop County. However, he sat silent in front of constituents who asked him for action last December to stop the LCRA water grab in Bastrop. To be fair, a number of Republican officials who represent the besieged Simsboro communities (the targeted Simsboro is part of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer) -- Bastrop, Lee, Milam and Burleson counties: Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart), Rep. Terry Wilson (R-Georgetown), Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Bryan) and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) have yet to step up us for this session.
City of San Antonio officials are talking about climate change while allowing the $3.4B Vista Ridge 142-mile water conveyance pipeline to proceed. Meanwhile, SAWS lobbyists continue to make Vista Ridge a “game changer.” California here we come, as California struggles mightily to recover after decades of over-pumping.
This is why LIV is calling for an investigation of Vista Ridge.
Here’s what you can do to hit Goliath in the right spot!
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