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2013-04-04 / Community News

Dear Editor

Dear Editor:

I attended the standing-room-only hearing held recently by Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, attended by folks from Bastrop and Lee County. Our district has been one of the best in the state. They wisely postponed their decision until their next meeting to be held in Giddings on Wednesday, April 17th.

I am writing to urge everyone to attend the LPGCD’s meeting/hearing on the 17th and, before that, a strategy meeting for residents and landowners, sponsored by Independent Texans on April 8th at the Giddings Library.

We should all be truly alarmed that our district has before them permit applications from water marketers to pump 107,000,000 gallons per day (nearly 120,000 acre feet) of groundwater from the Simsboro portion of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer underlying our area. Most of this water would be exported to the growth corridor between Bexar and Williamson counties. While we sympathize with our neighbors to the west of us, the truth is that the Legislature is in the process of passing water legislation to pay for pipelines to move precious groundwater without requiring municipalities to engage in strict water conservation BEFORE they can receive exported groundwater.

The LPGCD meeting will begin at 6 pm (location TBA on the 12th) and their hearing begins at 7 pm at Giddings City Hall.

It’s time to take a stand, y’all. Please join us on the 8th and again on the 17th – in Giddings. Call us at 512-535-0989 or email us at ljcurtis@indytexans.org for more information.

Sincerely, Linda Curtis

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