League of Independent Voters of Texas

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SAWS (San Antonio’s public water utility) and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA, a quasi-governmental agency) have joined the ranks of private water marketers in the groundwater conveyance business.

In so doing, they are bringing citizens across Texas and the partisan divide together – whether we like it or not!

Please help spread the word about this urgently important and streamed event -- "Cross Community Alliances" -- in San Antonio from 10 am to noon AND join the stream before it dries up!

Keep reading for more on what you can do.

Ever since SAWS’ 2014 push for the Vista Ridge “San Antone Hose” water pipeline to Burleson County, the burden on SAWS ratepayers and our entire region has remained opaque. (We tried to get this well-documented Vista Ridge white paper out. It was never disputed by SAWS.)

It’s all coming into focus now. SAWS lobbyists are pushing this session for legislation to allow SAWS to sell Edwards Aquifer water outside its area. Guess whose water will make the difference? That's right. It's those who live over the Simsboro 142-miles away!

Vista Ridge -- SAWS' "game changer -- is purely about real estate development and pure greed, NOT about sustainable development.

Now enters the LCRA pushing for another "mega-permit" for 25,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District. Bastrop landowners showed up in force at Monday’s Senate Water and Rural Affairs Committee.

Watch these incredible citizens give the author of SB606 – and their own Senator, Kirk Watson -- a run for the real estate money.

Here’s what you can do!

  1. Jump on the stream this Saturday from 10 am to noon. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. Review what's on this Event Page here first. Then, just go here to LIV’s Facebook page.
  2. Call Senator Kirk Watson at 512-463-0114. Urge him to amend his LCRA Sunset Legislation (SB606) to include keeping the LCRA out of the groundwater conveyance business. Urge him to get the LCRA to stick to its mission:  Protecting the Colorado River.
  3. Call your State Representative and Senator -- find them here. Is your Representative a Simsboro official? They are: Rep. John Cyrier at (512) 463-0682, Rep. Terry Wilson at (512) 463-0309, Rep. Ben Leman at (512) 463-0600, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst at (512) 463-0118, Sen. Charles Schwertner at (979) 776-0222 and Sen. Kirk Watson at (512) 463-0114.

    Urge her or him to stand ready to defeat any legislation that allows SAWS to sell Edwards Aquifer water outside the boundaries of the Edwards Aquifer Authority -- currently prohibited. Then, ask them what they’re doing to keep the LCRA focused on its mission. Ask them to reach Senator Watson to urge that he amend SB606 as stated above.

Let us know how things went by posting a comment at the end of this news piece posted here on our site. Scroll down and post a comment. Or reply to this message and write to us.

Got questions? Call us or reply to this message. Hoping to see you in San Antonio or on the stream!

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

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PPS Hoping to see some of you lovely people on Sunday at the Back 9 Bar on Hwy. 71 in Bastrop for fun and games starting at noon. More at https://www.simsborowaterdefensefund.org/events