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A Step in the Right Direction:
City of Austin Unanimously Passes Resolution Against the Permian Highway Pipeline

Joining a great many other Central Texas communities, the Austin City Council on Wednesday June 19, unanimously approved a resolution opposing the 430 mile natural gas pipeline that energy company Kinder Morgan is routing through the Hill Country.

With that, Austin joins the ranks of cities and counties, school districts, and businesses and organizations opposed to the PHP as planned. Unfortunately, Texas law gives the hefty power of eminent domain to for profit companies such as Kinder Morgan, and our local governments have very little input or power to stop them.
 
The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been working hard to oppose this poorly planned pipeline since day one and we will continue to do so. We are grateful that our contacts from the city of Austin listened and did what was right to protect their water and their community.

We encourage you to ask San Antonio council members to follow suit and join Austin in opposing the PHP.  

Please contact them here.

If you have yet to do so, please sign our petition of almost 5000 people opposed to the Permian Highway Pipeline.

Wimberley ISD's One Water School Groundbreaking Ceremony

Exciting update on the new WISD One Water School! The Wimberley ISD Board of Trustees will officially break ground at the site of the new campus on
Monday, June 24th at 5 pm. 

Groundbreaking Address:
Ranch Road 12 & Winters Mill Parkway
Wimberley, TX 78676

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been instrumental in securing the funding for one water infrastructure and providing regional experts to develop the design. 

The new school has garnered a lot of attention as it will also be the first One Water Campus in the state with plans to include rainwater and HVAC condensate collection together with wastewater treatment and reuse in the construction of the new school, focusing on conservation of natural resources, green stormwater infrastructure, open space preservation and education. 

Click here for more information about the One Water School, and read the official statement from Wimberley ISD here

Microplastics are Making Their Way into Our Food, Water, Air, and Bodies 

A new study from the World Wildlife Federation suggests we are ingesting an average of 5 grams of plastic every week. The plastic we are ingesting is from particles smaller than five millimeters. These “microplastics” are making their way into our food, drinking water, and even the air.

A study by the University of Newcastle, in Australia, says that people across the world ingest around 2,000 microplastic particles every week! These minuscule particles can originate from many sources. The biggest culprits are clothes made with artificial fibers and home care products such as toothpaste, cleansers, and exfoliants. Bigger pieces of plastic litter will gradually break into smaller pieces when they are exposed to the elements.

These tiny plastic particles find their way into our streams, rivers, and oceans, and can be eaten by fish and other marine animals, ending up as part of the food chain. Microplastics have been found in a great many foods and beverages, such as water, beer, seafood, and salt.

Cherryville Plans to Dump Wastewater into a Tributary of the San Marcos River

Info from: The San Marcos River Foundation & the  Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance

Cherryville  will be an actual city of 25,000 – twice the size of neighboring Lockhart 8 miles to the east. Like many other Texas developments, Cherryville’s wastewater plan amounts to dumping treated sewage into Dickerson Creek 5.7 miles from the San Marcos river. The permit is for a small discharge now but we are of course concerned that someday Cherryville will ask for a larger one.

SMRF has assisted Tri Community Water Supply with learning how to get a public TCEQ meeting, asking the county to help, and also with their Fentress meeting held last winter. Senator Zaffirini helped them get this July public meeting with TCEQ set. 

Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has agreed to hold a public meeting for Texas residents to voice your concerns.

When: 7p.m. on Tuesday, July 16
Where: Prairie Lea High School Auditorium
,
6910 San Marcos Highway 80 in Prairie Lea, which is about 20 minutes southeast of San Marcos.

Please show up in force and let your concerns be known.

We also encourage concerned residents to leave a comment with the TCEQ online by clicking here and then entering permit # WQ0015738001.

GEAA is specifically requesting that TCEQ require treatment standards of 5 mg/l CBOD, 5 mg/l Total Suspended Solids, 2 mg/l Ammonia Nitrogen, 1 mg/l Phosphorous, not the relatively lax 10-15-3 limits that are currently being proposed by Cherryville as part of their draft permit.  You can read GEAA’s comments to TCEQ here.

A Review of Texas Water Legislation in the 86th Session

By: Cyndi Jackson, Woodcreek City Council Member

Here are all the water bills that passed (and might affect us) excluding the amendment.

Understanding critical water supplies, creative methods of re-using water, and enhanced protection against polluters underscore the water “wins” during this legislative session. 

While not every good bill made it through, the ones that did create a groundswell of activity around Statewide planning; cutting across borders, and involving more stakeholders than ever before.  Additionally, we see a trend toward interregional committees and holistic approaches to both riparian waterways and groundwater management.

New Texas Stream Team Water Quality Parameter Videos

Texas Stream Team has put together water quality testing videos of many of their Core and Advanced parameters for you! We hope these videos can serve as a guide and a refresher on how to test water quality parameters. Please refer back to them if there is ever any need.

Summer Water Saving Tips 

Simple summer water saving tips that we can all follow from EPA WaterSense.

Outdoor water use normally increases during the hotter months, so to reduce water use be sure to monitor your irrigation system, even if you have it set on an automatic schedule. As much as 25,000 galls of water can be wasted from one broken sprinkler head over a 6-month irrigation season.
 

Rally in the EP Impact Zone
Thursday, June 27, 
6-8:30pm at Vista Brewing!
 
TESPA will share results of new groundwater modeling conducted on the impacts of Electro Purification.
(Yes. EP is still here!)
 
There will be science and maps and updates on the EP contested case. We’ll hear about the contested Needmore Ranch groundwater permit in Hays County, which is scheduled for a final hearing on July 29th.
 
Local water wells are threatened. Streams, creeks and springs are in jeopardy. Even Jacobs Well could be compromised over time.
 
All of this is very concerning, and it’s imperative the community stay informed and connected — best done over a cold beer (made with the precious groundwater we’re trying to protect).  
 
It’s all about the groundwater!
Spread the word.  

 

Upcoming Events

June 24th
Groundbreaking for WISD One Water School -  5 PM - Corner of RR12 & Winters Mill Pkwy
Keys to a Resilient Healthy Valley with Hill Country Alliances' Daniel Oppenheimer - Wimberley Library

June 27th
Rally in the EP Impact Zone - TESPA - Vista Brewing - 6:00-8:30 PM

June 28th
Free Pasture Restoration Management Workshop in Fredricksburg

July 8th
CAMPO Transportation Policy Board Meeting - July 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm -  Room 3.102 of the University of Texas Thompson Center

July 20-22
Texas Groundwater Summit - Hyatt San Antonio

September 13
Hill Country Nights - Hill Country Conservancy - Moody Theatre

September 18-20
One Water Summit - US Water Alliance - JW Marriot Austin

The Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt (GOSH!)
Texas Parks and Wildlife is kicking off their first-ever statewide scavenger hunt for the summer of 2019! There are 30 activities to choose from within 5 categories (History, Natural Wonders, Make a Splash, Wildlife, and On the Edge) and numerous destinations to visit across the state. Remember to upload your selfies with the hashtag #GOSHTX and sign up on the TPWD website to participate

 

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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