Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District considers appeal of Judge’s decision in favor of Landowners

 The Board will meet on Wednesday January 17, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Bastrop City Hall, 1311 Church Street, Bastrop,TX.   

We request that you attend and/or write to the District urging it NOT TO APPEAL the trial court ruling upholding private property rights.  

Bastrop County Courthouse

This Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (District or Lost Pines District) will consider and possibly act on its option to appeal Judge Carson Campbell’s January 4, 2018, ruling to the state court of appeals.  (Click here for agenda)

Judge Campbell’s order ruled that the District erred in denying party status to four landowners and REVERSED the District’s decision. Campbell also REVERSED the permit to pump 46,000 acre feet of groundwater per year that was given by the District to Recharge Water, L.P. and REMANDED the case back to the Lost Pines District for proceedings consistent with the Court’s decision.

Environmental Stewardship, the other Landowners, and several elected official are urging the District to likewise reverse course and accept the court’s ruling that will allow the Landowners to protect their property and water rights. The Judge’s ruling affirms our position that whether you have a well or not is irrelevant — if your groundwater resources are going to be impacted by a pumping permit, then you, as a landowner, have the right to be heard.

Likewise, we are asking you, as landowners in Bastrop and Lee counties, to also urge the Lost Pines District to honor the Judge’s order and NOT APPEAL the case. You can let your voice be heard by:

  • attending the Board meeting — your presence will show your support for the NO APPEAL message,
  • providing a short public comment strictly focused on your request that the District NOT APPEAL the Judge’s ruling (comments must be three (3) minutes or less, and you must click here for very important guidance on what – what not – to say), and/or
  • writing a short email message to the District’s Board of Directors reflecting your desire that the District NOT APPEAL.  Please address your message to the Lost Pines Board of Directors and follow the same guideline for what to say – not say – as in the link above.  Send your email to:
    •          Board President Mike Talbot  (mike.talbot.4@gmail.com), and
    •          District’s General Manager James Totten (jtotten@lostpineswater.org)


For more information about this legal battle to

defend and protect our aquifers and the Colorado River

visit our website:  Landowners’ Affected Persons Appeal