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Hays County Precinct 3 Commissioner's Office Calls Public Meeting to Discuss The Permian Basin Pipeline

Map showing a portion of the proposed route by Kinder Morgan

Wimberley Community Center -  January 29th at 5:30 PM

The Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline is currently planned to come through the Hill Country and will directly impact 82 properties in Hays County. Along its route, the pipeline will cross rivers, creeks, karst aquifer recharge zones and critical habitat and come into very close proximity of some of our beloved springs, such as Jacob's Well.
 
The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been following the progress of this pipeline, and has been actively working with landowners, scientists, experts and legal counsel to determine the best course of action to reroute the pipeline out of the Hill Country. 

Wimberley Waste Water Update 

A mandatory public hearing of the Texas Water Development Board was held by the City of Wimberley on January 10th and because of the high level of concern and engagement by Wimberley Valley residents, there was an audience of nearly 300 citizens.

Ninety Five Wimberley Valley residents signed up to speak, but only twenty seven people were allowed to give public comment to the council. Many in attendance were upset that people were not allowed to speak in the order they signed up and that everyone who wanted to express their concerns did not have an opportunity to get their views on the record. It is unknown at this time if the TWDB will be required to hold another public hearing in the future.

Diagram from the Edwards Aquifer Authority

Climate Change Could Heavily Impact Edwards Aquifer

The Fourth National Climate Assessment Review reports that the Edwards Aquifer and many surrounding aquifers could be heavily affected by climate change in the coming years.

The Edwards Aquifer is relatively shallow and it's karst features make it vulnerable to the impacts of both climate variability and climate change. Its importance as a major supplier of groundwater in central Texas makes these vulnerabilities even more pronounced. The probable impacts of climate change  include a decrease of water supply during droughts, a degradation of habitat for species of concern, economic effects, and the interconnectivity of these impacts. 

Texas Cities Turn to ASR as an Innovative Water Supply Strategy

Aquifer Storage and Recovery System for San Antonio Water Systems 

Largest ASR in the State of Texas

The fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) above has made it crystal clear how the challenges of climate change are impacting our aquifers across the country.  Municipalities are turning to new technologies to meet water demands.  For many entities, investing in Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) systems seems like a viable solution.

ASR works like this: during times of plentiful water, extra water can be withdrawn from a river (or other source) and then injected and stored within an aquifer. When the original water source runs low due to drought, low rainfall or other causes, this water can then be pulled from the aquifer and used. Some ASR facilities inject treated wastewater rather than surface water into an aquifer, while other facilities inject groundwater from a different aquifer.

Texas Land Trends & Conservation Easements

"Conservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest."
 – Aldo Leopold Conservationist, forester and wildlife biologist

The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute has just released a fascinating Texas Land Trends Report.

Texas working lands are undergoing a fundamental change, one that has implications for rural economies, national and food security, and conservation of water and other natural resources. Native landscapes are increasingly threatened by suburbanization, rural development and land fragmentation driven by rapid population growth.

Texans are also approaching the largest intergenerational land transfer to date with over 66% of its landowner base over the age of 55. The majority of these lands will likely pass to younger generations who may have less experience, lack financial capital or the motivation and interest needed to sustain family operations. 

This has created a great and growing need for land conservation easements.

Protect Our Blanco

This will be a fun and educational event. We will be having various experts in the field, such as Dr. Chris Herrington from the Austin Watershed Protection Department, giving presentations to inform the local community and help make their letters & protests more effective. 

Beer and BBQ from Old 300 in the Blanco Square   

Music by: The Lost Sounds     

$10 Suggested Donation

 

Bulverde Meeting to Organize Opposition to Indian Creek Sewage Discharge Permit

January 23, 2019 at 6:30PM

GVTC Auditorium
36101 Farm to Market 3159
New Braunfels, TX

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance is calling a meeting to discuss strategies for fighting a local developer's attempt to dump up to 300,000 gallons per day of treated sewage into Indian Creek, a tributary of Cibolo Creek.

Upcoming Events

  • Bulverde Meeting to Organize Opposition to Indian Creek Sewage Discharge Permit
    GVTC Auditorium, 36101 Farm to Market 3159, New Braunfels January 23, 2019 at 6:30PM

  • BBQ to Benefit Protect Our Blanco   
    Old 300 Barbeque, Blanco Square Thursday, January 24th 6:30 PM

  • Hays County Commissioners Public Meeting for the Permian Basin Pipeline 
    Wimberley Community Center Tuesday, January 29th 5:30 PM

  • 2019 Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium 
    Thursday January 31 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Canyon View Event Center, 4800 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX 78759

 

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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