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Town Hall Meeting Well Attended

A Town Hall Meeting held in Lexington last Saturday night was well attended, with about 75 people showing up to hear Representative Tim Kleinschmidt brief them on events happening in the 83rd State Legislature. Following his introduction, he accepted questions from the floor, most of which dealt with water issues and regulations. Kleinschmidt informed those in attendance that House Bill 11, which relates to the appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund to finance certain water-related projects, would allow up to 2 billion dollars of the Texas Rainy Day Fund to be used as seed money for waterrelated projects, along with $6 billion in bond money. He stressed that conservation is an important part of the state’s plan.

Joe Cooper, former GM of the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District, was at the meeting and helped answer those questions that were related to permitting the drilling of water wells in the county. Many of the people there expressed their concerns about water marketers over- pumping the Simsboro Aquifer, which helps to provide water for Lee and Bastrop Counties.

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