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When WVWA's Executive Director, David Baker, spoke to the hundreds of concerned Hill Country residents in a huge over capacity crowd at the Wimberley Community Center, he told them, "This is the biggest threat that I have seen to Hill Country Watersheds in all of my 23 years serving the Wimberley Valley.

Click the image to learn why WVWA is working to Save the Hill Country

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association will be taking legal action to stop the Permian Highway Pipeline from endangering our precious Hill Country.  Kinder Morgan has an estimated legal budget of 50 million dollars, but they have underestimated the strength and tenacity of our community.  We have assembled a legal team which specializes in defense against pipelines with a history of defeating them in Texas. We have a diverse and knowledgeable network of scientists and regional experts and are working with a community network of tens of thousands that don't know how to give up.

We need your help to raise the money needed to face the legal battle with this giant corporation. We launched an online crowdfunding campaign this month to get this pipeline out of the Hill Country. To expand our impact, we have partnered with generous donors willing to match each and every dollar donated. Your donation makes a difference! Please DONATE and SHARE this important campaign generously with everyone in your network!

Shady Llama Beer Garden: Benefit Event!

On Thursday, Feb. 28th, the Shady Llama will be hosting an exclusive event for WVWA.  Shady Llama is contributing $2 for every beverage sold at the event toward the legal defense fund to get the Permian Highway Pipeline OUT of the Texas Hill Country. Pho-Lisha's food truck will also be present and donating a portion of their proceeds as well. The PHP will be only 1400 feet from the Shady Llama and will ruin their incredible view of the Hill Country. Join us for an evening of music, speakers, local libations, good food, and good fun. We will have stickers and yard signs available to spread the word. Invite your neighbors, your friends, and family.  

PARKING IS LIMITED.........PLEASE CARPOOL!  

 

The TREAD Coalition is working hard to fight for our landowners.  They are advocating for a regulated process where landowners concerns and alternatives are considered before a private, for-profit corporation takes their property.

There is no provision in Texas law for public oversight or input into the routing process for oil & gas pipelines. The Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUC) oversees a public process for the routing of power lines that is accessible to all affected landowners and balances the costs and benefits of the route before the delegation of eminent domain power. A process should be put in place that holds the oil & gas industry to the same standards.

The Kinder-Morgan Permian Highway is one example of how this ambiguous process can have exponential impacts on landowners. 

Protecting Landowner Rights

TREAD will be partnering with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Wildlife Association to support enhanced land owner rights.

What can you do? 

Stay tuned to TREAD for more information on this issue. In the meantime, you can write your legislators to express your support for these bills!

Cities, Businesses & Counties Oppose the PHP

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association have been working hard to protect our beautiful Hill Country from the Permian Highway Pipeline.  We have been reaching out to city and county officials to encourage them to pass resolutions in opposition of the pipeline. We are also collaborating with local businesses to form a coalition in opposition to the PHP.

  • February 13th Kyle City Council passed a unanimous resolution in opposition to PHP.
  • February 13th Woodcreek City Council passed a unanimous resolution in opposition to PHP.
  • February 25th Hays County Commissioner's Court passed a unanimous in opposition to PHP.
  • March 5th San Marcos City Council will vote
  • March 7th Wimberley City Council will vote

TESPA SCORES FIRST WIN IN EP CASE

Earlier this month the SOAH Administrative Law Judge assigned to the Electro Purification contested case denied motions filed by both Electro Purification and GoForth Special Utility District opposing TESPA's request for a subpoena commanding GoForth to produce certain documents relevant to the case.

 

Jacob's Well Community Garden and KAPS Collaborate to Grow Food and Community
By: Shiila Safer 

On Martin Luther King Day, KAPS teacher, Teresa Smetzer, brought a group of students from the Animal Science/Agriculture class to the Jacobs Well Community Garden (JWCG) for an impressively productive workday. The students earned community service hours towards their graduation requirement and the JWCG benefitted from their fabulous energy and hard work — weeding, path mulching, composting, making dirt from mulch, hauling dirt, crushing aluminum cans (a favorite job), and much more.

The students are great workers and so much fun! They worked side by side with experienced gardeners who were happy to share their wisdom with the students. With no prompting, students reported that they feel better after being in the garden. They felt productive and left happier than when they arrived.

Last week, JWCG presented KAPS with a garden bed of their own for 2019. This gives the students an opportunity to experience growing their own food -- from building the bed, to planning what they will grow, to planting, to tending the garden, to harvesting, and finally to eating the food they've grown. This week they will plant lettuce, chard, kale, broccoli, potatoes, strawberries, carrots, dill, parsley and mint, all provided by JWCG.

The students think this is really cool! (We at the JWCG think its really cool, too!)

Stephen F. Austin State Park

NEW REPORT SAYS STATE PARKS ARE A BOON TO TEXAS ECONOMY

Those of us who have lived in the Wimberley Valley for a while can see how natural areas such as Jacob's Well and Blue Hole are the drivers of our economy.  In the summer, thousands of people from around the world come to swim and stay in our bed and breakfasts, eat at our restaurants, and shop at our stores.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation just released a new report about the strong and growing economic role state parks have on the Texas economy. The research showed the parks generated more than $891 million in sales activity, had a $240 million impact on the incomes of Texas residents, and supported an estimated 6,081 jobs throughout the state in 2018. The real power in this report is the impact that state parks have on their local economies. Places like Galveston, Bastrop, and Amarillo benefit economically from the thousands of visitors who flock to their communities to visit the state parks.

Upcoming Events

February 28th:
Shady Llama Benefit Event, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Amplify Austin 2019 Starts at 6 pm, Ends 03/01 at 6 pm

March 2nd:
Great Texas River Clean Up - 8:30 - 1:00pm

March 3rd
Social Justice Forum: Stop the Permian Highway Pipeline - San Marcos Unitarian Fellowship, 9:30 am - 10:45 am

March 6th
Hays Co. Commissioner Place 1 & Place 2 Public Meeting: Permian Highway Pipeline - Hays High School Cafeteria, 6 - 8:00 pm

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop: Recreation Hall, Mansfield Park, Bandera, TX, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

March 13th
Texas Water Day at the Capitol, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

March 16th
Blue Hole Star Party, 7:00 pm

March 29th
Dark Skies on Tap: An Evening with McDonald Observatory, Vista Brewing 5:30 pm

March 30 & 31st
Texas Night Sky Festival, Dripping Springs

 

Wimberley Valley Watershed Association

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association works to create a greater understanding community-wide of the many benefits that flow from a respectful relationship with the land: human health, ecological health, economic sustainability, enriched community life, and the renewal of the human spirit.

The W.V.W.A. is a registered nonprofit organization, under the section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and therefore all charitable donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


PO Box 2534
Wimberley, Texas 78676
512-722-3390
admin@wimberleywatershed.org

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