Environmental Stewardship and Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund (SAWDF) will make presentations regarding the Proposed Desired Future Conditions (DFCs) to the Lost Pines Board of Directors at the
May 19, 7:00 pm virtual meeting. Please join us in the meeting.
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Environmental Stewardship and SAWDF have been granted the opportunity to address our concerns regarding the Proposed GMA-12 Desired Future Conditions (DFCs) to the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District's Board of Directors under Item 9 of the attached agenda. This will give each organization the opportunity to not only present its concerns, but to also have an open discussion with the board members.
We are asking you, and especially our constituents in Bastrop and Lee Counties, to write or call the Board before or after this meeting to express your desires regarding this critical decision that the Board will be making. We are also inviting you to join in the virtual meeting. If you want to address the Board during the meeting you will need to notify them by noon Wednesday. See the above agenda for more details.
Both organization will lay out our reasons for asking the Board to reject the Proposed DFCs and remand them back to GMA-12 for revision. You can review much of what will be presented by watching the video below.
In short, we want the Board to stand tall and require that our aquifers be managed responsibly by rejecting these Proposed DFCs in favor of DFCs based on:
- sustainable management of the aquifers,
- protection of exempt landowner domestic and livestock wells, and
- maintaining the resilience of the Colorado River to drought
The clock is ticking on our ability to reject managed depletion of a resource our communities and the Colorado River cannot live without — WATER.
Groundwater Conservation Districts — our state’s supposed preferred management tool for protection of the water below us — have struggled, for years, to do their job while facing litigation, and threats of litigation, from water marketers, developers and legislators who call for “managed depletion," otherwise known as aquifer mining.
And it’s all coming to a head. We are now in a 90-day public comment period. Public hearings are now being scheduled in the five Groundwater Districts to get your comments and concerns over the next few months (May-July).
We invite all citizens, landowners, local government officials, businesses, and community organizations to join us to challenge the “Proposed Desired Future Conditions” and management policies being set for the Groundwater Management Area in which we live (GMA-12).
- Lost Pines GCD - Bastrop and Lee Counties
- Post Oak Savannah GCD - Burleson and Milam Counties
- Brazos Valley GCD - Brazos and Robertson Counties
- Fayette County GCD - Fayette County
- Mid-East Texas GCD - Freestone, Leon and Madison Counties
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The Issues Being Decided
Below is a quick summary of the issues being decided. For a brief description of each issue click here.