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2010-10-07 / Front Page

Kleinschmidt Calls on Mediation for Water Disputes

Rep. will fight taxpayer funded purchase of water

State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt has officially asked the Texas Water Development Board to mediate the conflict between the Region K water planning group that would use water from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Lee and Bastrop Counties and transport water from these counties to the Hays and Caldwell County areas. This conflicts with the Region L water planning group’s strategies that would utilize the same waters to meet the current and future needs of Lee and Bastrop Counties. Region L covers Lee and Bastrop Counties.

“I fully intend to explore all options to limit this use of taxpayer dollars to pay for these projects. These are supposed to be transactions between private water developers and private landowners exercising their rights. It is not, in my opinion, something to be subsidized by taxpayers to benefit another group”, said Kleinschmidt.

“I have asked the Water Development Board to mediate this dispute and to use the tools the legislature authorized to resolve this issue and come to a responsible decision regarding our areas water resources,” Kleinschmidt said.

Further, as a result of the newest proposal by the Guadalupe- Blanco River Authority’s plans to ship 71 million gallons of water per day to San Antonio using the same resources again, Kleinschmidt has also called upon the Legislative Budget Board and the Bond Review Board to intervene regarding the issuance of government bonds to fund the purchase of the water from Central Texas.

“This matter was an issue between two water planning regions and its property owners with conflicting plans for use of the same resources. Now, GBRA has decided to fashion a plan that would transport the same water resources to San Antonio rather than the Central Texas area and they propose to pay for the project with government bonds issued by the Water Development Board. This is a new development in the water issues and should require intense scrutiny to protect private landowners and taxpayers”, said Kleinschmidt.

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