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In this issue: Permian Highway Pipeline Updates, Remembering the Flood, Texas Brewshed Alliance Launch, Vista Ridge, Feral Hog Management, One Water in Action, Upcoming Events & More!

Permian Highway Pipeline Updates
 By: Move the Pipeline - Save the Water

Every day, for nearly the last month, our friends at Move the Pipeline - Save the Water have been sending out morning updates and action items on the Permian Highway Pipeline. (If you're not on their mailing list and would like to be, please see the link below).Their report for today, May 31st, covers the happenings of the TREAD lawsuit that was heard in court this past week. Here's what they have to say:

We’ve been following with interest the litigation on eminent domain that’s being worked by our friends at TREAD. While it would not be proper to speculate on how the judge, Lora Livingston, will rule, we think there were some really interesting things that came out of two days of hearings.
 
There’s a lot of legalese around all that so we’ll attempt to use non-lawyer language. 
 
The lawsuit, in Travis County District Court, is a constitutional challenge to eminent domain. Several landowners, the City of Kyle and Hays County say Kinder Morgan shouldn’t be able to use eminent domain and condemnation until the Texas Railroad Commission puts standards into place for how to route pipelines. They are asking the judge for a temporary injunction to stop any landowner actions in Gillespie, Blanco and Hays County until a trial can be held.  Kinder Morgan and the Railroad Commission say this lawsuit should be dismissed.
 
Some of the more interesting testimony came from the Mayor of Kyle, Travis Mitchell.  Kyle is growing … really fast.  The Mayor and city planners are working on building more infrastructure to try and keep up.  They’ve held a bunch of public forums on expanding Highway 150 and new development areas have been platted.
 
When asked, under oath, if Kinder Morgan had asked about this before routing this 42-inch natural gas line right through Kyle, Mayor Mitchell said no.  A Kinder Morgan person testified that they did not talk to the city of Kyle when they were plotting the route.
 
And now, Kyle officials are really worried.  Katie Burrell at the Hays Free Press puts into perspective:  http://bit.ly/2YR0ZW2
 
And all of that about Kyle caught the judge’s attention.  She said: “It appears project planning has been operating on parallel tracks without a lot of information sharing.  It appears that people in Kyle have been doing a lot of planning for these spaces.  While they’ve been planning and talking infrastructure, my impression is the folks on your team (Kinder Morgan) were doing the same.  What is not clear is how much was shared.  As each group planned, one group would say it’s great because there’s nothing there.  But there could be.  It’s possible that it could be under a house, that’s what I’m worried about.  What do we do now? …  Should this route proceed with this information known now?”
 
Again, it would not be proper to opine on what Judge Livingston will or will not do, but we did find that interesting.
 
Even more interesting was when the injunction part was over, the judge asked Kinder Morgan, the Railroad Commission and the plaintiffs to go on the record with their bond number and when they could go to trial.
 
Make your own judgment on what that means.
 
The judge said she’ll rule in two to three weeks.

Texas Brewshed Alliance Launch
Saturday June 8th at Vista Brewing

Driftwood, Texas – On the afternoon of June 8th, 2019, people will come to together in and for the best of all worlds: To have a craft beer with friends and family in the heart of the Texas Hill Country to protect the pristine waters of Texas.

It’s Destination Brew Fest. A festival to launch the Texas Brewshed Alliance, a coalition of brewers, conservationists, craft-brewing affiliates, conscious businesses and community members committed to protecting the land and waters that make our state the one-of-a-kind wonder world that it is.

One hundred percent of the proceeds given to the Texas Brewshed Alliance will go toward conservation efforts in Texas. Beer never tasted so good or did so much good!

The festival is hosted on Vista Brewing’s beautiful 21-acre property in the heart of the Hill Country, just southwest of Austin in Driftwood, Texas. Over 20 of Texas’ favorite craft Breweries will be in attendance pouring crisp lagers and mixed culture and wood-fermented ales. You can find out which ones will be in attendance and purchase tickets in advance at www.destinationbrewfest.com.

The VIP area will feature a guided beer tasting and a panel discussion with national brewer personalities. Enjoy rare beer pourings from around the world and a sweet swag bag that includes a pint tumbler from one of our sponsors, YETI.

The festival opens at 1 p.m. on June 8 and runs until 6 p.m. Come for the beer. Come for the live music. Come for the beautiful countryside and conversation with friends. And all of the beer and beauty is to benefit our lands and waters.

Join the Destination Brew Fest Facebook Event to invite your friends and stay up to date on the latest news and announcements

Call For Volunteers!

The Vista Brewing Team is looking for a few more volunteers for Destination Brew Fest on June 8th.

Volunteers will get to see the inside working of the festival, get to meet some really fun people, and work side-by-side with some of the top brewers in the country! They will have direct impact on making the launch of the Texas Brewshed Alliance a success! That, and they get to try some amazing beer and get some cool swag.

*Each volunteer will receive entry into the festival, a souvenir festival glass, one Destination Brew Fest T-shirt, four 3oz pours inside the festival, a full pint of beer in the Vista Tasting Room, bagged lunch, and of course we invite you to stay to enjoy the live music and fresh air! 

 

Wastewater Permit Threatens Barton Creek
Shared from the Save Barton Creek Association

A current permit application seeks approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to discharge sewage effluent, otherwise known as wastewater, directly into Barton Creek. Sawyer-Cleveland Partnership, LLC proposes to discharge up to 92,000 gallons/day close to U.S Hwy 290 and Sawyer Ranch Road. The discharge would flow under the highway through several detention ponds and then released into a tributary of Barton Creek. 
 
To further understand the effects of the permit, the City of Austin used a water quality model to determine how the effluent would impact in-stream nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) and the trophic status from the discharge point through the creek. The model predicted Barton Creek to change to a mesotrophic status approximately 1.2 and 27.8 miles from the discharge point under high and low flow conditions, respectively. A change in trophic status will impact the recreational use and aesthetics of the creek as well as the habitat of current aquatic species and the water quality of the aquifer. 
 
SBCA is very concerned about this potential pollution source in the creek and how this will impact the overall health of our waterways and communities.
 
Please join us and write a comment to TCEQ about your concerns (Permit No. WQ0015594001). State that you are concerned about the Long Branch discharge permit's effects on Barton Creek. You can refer to the City of Austin’s modeling which shows that the creek will be adversely impacted. Explain your interest in this permit, such as being a concerned resident, homeowner, swimmer, or fisher Also ask to receive future notices regarding this permit and ask that TCEQ rejects this permit application.

Thank you!

Trees devastated by the 2015 flood on the banks of the Blanco River.

Remembering the Flood 

Memorial Day Weekend 2015, a massive flood devastated Wimberley and changed the lived of many of it's inhabitants forever.

In this article we share a moving & beautiful video by Kara Lael Buse showing before and after footage. We also share an email sent by the CARD Steering Committee from four years ago, which gives some great FEMA history and good perspective.

We also provide links to the current interactive FEMA flood plain maps for Hays, Gonzales, Guadalupe and Caldwell Counties.

This is the destination storage tank north of San Antonio.

Vista Ridge of San Antonio will be the Largest P3 Water Project in
North America

From Dr. Curtis Chubb of the
Groundwater Information Bureau

In April 2020 (aka less than ONE YEAR from today), the Vista Ridge Project will start pumping 50,000 acre-feet/year of our groundwater to San Antonio – this amount of groundwater is more than the available Carrizo and Simsboro Aquifers groundwater in Milam and Burleson Counties as determined by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).  The pumping of the TWDB-determined available amount of Simsboro groundwater alone is predicted to cause Simsboro well levels to drop an average of 318 feet in 60 years.

(NOTE:  The average 318-foot drop in Simsboro well levels is the “desired future condition” of the Simsboro Aquifer as determined by the local groundwater district’s board of directors.)

Karst Cave in Boerne Texas

This turbidity at Barton Springs was caused by the drilling of a well. Imagine what a 42' pipeline will do...

(Photo From Austin American Statesman)

ICYMI: Op-ed by WVWA's Managing Director, Ashley Waymouth.

Opinion: Through grandmother’s house it goes - Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, that Is

Pipeline giant Kinder Morgan would very much like to route a pipeline over the aquifer and through the woods, grandmother’s house be damned. Or condemned, as the case may be.

We are talking about KM’s planned Permian Highway Pipeline, a 430-mile-long, 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline planned to run through the heart of the Texas Hill Country and over the extraordinarily sensitive Trinity and Edwards Aquifers, the water supply for millions of Texans, including residents of San Antonio.

The Trinity Edwards is not just any old, run-of-the-mill aquifer. It’s a karst aquifer. Spill some natural gas liquids or condensate full of benzene or toluene into it and we’ll never get the poison out.

The Trinity Edwards is not a bowl of water that can be rinsed and cleaned. It’s full of caverns and sinkholes. It’s a limestone sponge riddled with pathways running hither and yon.

Leak some benzene into the Blanco River south of Kyle, and it may well show up in Austin’s Barton Springs.

Feral Hog Management Program to Continue in
Hays County

Hays County will be continuing countywide feral hog management efforts in 2019 after receiving a $13,100 grant from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Wildlife Services. The Hays County program will include a feral hog workshop and three webinars, aerial control services, a damage assessment and free trapping equipment for a limited number of local participants.

Austin Central Library

One Water in action: Austin Central Library uses rainwater to flush toilets

The Austin Central Library in Austin, Texas has gotten its fair share of hype – so much hype, in fact, that it was included on the Time’s 2018 list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places. And while its rooftop garden, Tetris-like stairways, elevated walkways and collection of 500,000 books are certainly awe-worthy, it’s something else entirely that has our attention.

Read the full article below from our friends at Texas Living Waters.

Upcoming Events

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.

June 4th
The River and the Wall Documentary Screening & Potluck at Wimberley Village Library

June 5th
Texas Nature Loteria with Texas Land Conservancy at Hops and Grain in Austin

June 8th
Texas Brewshed Alliance Launch - Destination Brew Fest - At Vista Brewing in Driftwood

June 11th
New Braunfels – Saving the Edwards Aquifer: San Antonio’s Edwards Aquifer Protection Program

June 19th
Free Seminar: Landowner Incentive Programs in Leakey

June 24th
Keys to a Resilient Healthy Valley with Hill Country Alliances' Daniel Oppenheimer - Wimberley Library

June 28th
Free Pasture Restoration Management Workshop in Fredricksburg

 

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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