Archive for October, 2010

Forum to Address State Water Issues

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SEGUIN − The League of Women Voters (LWV) and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) are co-sponsoring a regional public forum, “State Water: What You Should Know.” The forum will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the GBRA River Annex, 905 Nolan, in Seguin, TX.

The purpose of the forum is to address issues regarding the allocation of water in Texas. Experts will describe the state water plan, the Region L water plan, information from the Headwaters region in Kerr County, current state regulations that govern the sale and transfer of water rights by river authorities, and the permitting of water transfers by groundwater districts. Participants will also hear about upcoming legislation relating to water allocation.

Individuals from across the Guadalupe-Blanco watershed, from Kerrville to Victoria, are invited. Participants will have the opportunity to talk to each other in small groups about how regional water practices impact the communities throughout the watershed.

“Elections are not just about candidates, they are about issues. One of the most important issues of which every citizen in the state should be aware is water,” explained Bill West, GBRA general manager, adding, “The League of Women Voters are to be commended for making a conscious effort to educate constituents on the challenges we face in trying to manage one the state’s most precious resources.”

“As last summer’s drought made clear, Texas has limited water resources. We who live in Central Texas are all too familiar with the competing interests of agriculture, industry, population growth and endangered species for that limited water supply,” said Jensie Madden, from LWV-Comal Area. “Members of LWV want to know who makes the decisions about where the water goes, and how much can be pumped? Who is planning for future needs? Is water in Texas a resource or a commodity?”

These questions are part of a study by LWV of Texas, “State Water: What You Should Know.” Representatives of local Leagues in Wimberley Valley, Victoria, San Marcos, San Antonio, Kerrville, and Comal areas have planned this day-long event as part of the LWV mission to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government.

To participate in “State Water: What You Should Know,” please contact Kathy Hunt at (361) 573-1317 or kathyhunt@suddenlink.net. The cost will be $10, which includes a box lunch, refreshments, and handouts. An agenda and directions to the forum will be posted on www.LWVTexas.org, on the local leagues’ pages for Comal, San Antonio, San Marcos, Kerrville, Wimberley and Victoria.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties. The Mission of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority is to protect, conserve, reclaim and steward the resources of the 10-county district in order to ensure and promote quality of life for those served.

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Vote YES to Prop 1 and 2 on November 2nd!

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A complete fact sheet for Prop 1 and 2

A vote November 2 to approve Proposition 1, the Aquifer Protection Initiative, will continue the successful program for protecting the aquifer and our drinking water for the future.

  • Proposition 1 re-authorizes a 1/8-cent sales tax in San Antonio to raise $90 million for land acquisition to permanently protect significant portions of the watershed that contribute to the aquifer.
  • Land protected for the aquifer protects wildlife habitat, preserves our Hill Country heritage and sustains our economic base, while keeping our water safe.

A vote November 2 to approve Proposition 2 for Creekways Hike & Bike Trails will continue the successful program for creating linear parks along San Antonio’s creeks and rivers.

  • Proposition 2 re-authorizes a 1/8-cent sales tax in San Antonio to raise $45 million for land acquisition and construction to expand our spectacular trail system along the Salado and Leon creeks as well as locations along the city’s West Side creeks.
  • Expansion of greenways to the city’s West Side creeks will help revitalize surrounding neighborhoods and provide important drainage improvements.
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TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting-November 8th, 2010

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Dear GEAA members and friends,

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance invites you to join state, local and county elected officials from San Antonio and surrounding communities to recount your experiences with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and to share their suggestions for improving this agency, in light of TCEQ’s upcoming Sunset Review.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting.

Monday, November 8th from 6:00 – 8:30pm

San Antonio Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad*, San Antonio, Texas

Co-sponsored by Alliance for a Clean Texas, Bexar Audubon Society, Citizens for the Protection of Cibolo Creek, Great Edwards Aquifer Alliance, Helotes Creek Nature Center, Leagues of Women voters of the San Antonio Area and Comal County, Lone Star and Alamo Groups of the Sierra Club, Southwest Workers Union, State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, State Representative David McQuade Leibowitz, and 350SanAntonio.org.

We will follow a citizens to be heard format, allowing six minutes each for presentations from government agencies and citizens groups. Individuals will be accorded three minutes each. Sunset Review Commissioners, State Representatives and Senators in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions and converse with each presenter. We are aware of the breadth of topics that will be covered in this meeting, and are prepared to keep things moving so that all concerns can be heard.

Since this topic is so vital to the quality of life for those of us who live in Central Texas, we hope that you will be available to join in this important conversation. If you have any questions, or if you would like to co-sponsor the event, please contact Lisa Bowers at 210-320-1457 / Lisa@AquiferAlliance.org.

*free parking is provided at the Library garage (entrance on Soledad Street)

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