Science and sound management – not politics – is the only way to protect our local communities and the environment from groundwater over-pumping!
So far, our local regulators and the legislature have failed to address the mining of our most precious resource, as the battle heats up on sound management of groundwater under eleven counties just miles east of the Austin – San Antonio metro area. These counties sit over the most sought-after groundwater in Texas – the Simsboro Aquifer within the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer group.
The clock is ticking on our ability to reject managed depletion of a resource our communities and the Colorado River cannot live without — WATER.
Groundwater Conservation Districts — our state’s supposed preferred management tool for protection of the water below us — have struggled, for years, to do their job while facing litigation, and threats of litigation, from water marketers, developers and legislators who call for “managed depletion” — otherwise known as mining.
And it’s all coming to a head now. Public hearings are now being scheduled in the five Groundwater Districts to get your comments and concerns over the next few months (May-July).
In response, Environmental Stewardship and the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund , with help from our friends at the League of Independent Voters of Texas, are leading the opposition to this threat of over-pumping our aquifers.
We invite all citizens, landowners, local government officials, businesses, and community organizations to join us to challenge the “Proposed Desired Future Conditions” and management policies being set for the Groundwater Management Area in which we live (GMA-12).