In this issue: City of Austin Opposes Permian Highway Pipeline, One Water School Groundbreaking, Microplastics, Cherryville to Dump in San Marcos River, 86th Water Leg. Update, Upcoming Events & More!
Austin City Council Unanimously Opposes 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.
The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been working hard to oppose this 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 join us in asking the San Antonio council city members to follow suit and join Austin in opposing the PHP.
Water in Action: Wimberley ISD Makes History as First One Water School in Texas
Wimberley ISD Board of Trustees will officially break ground at the site of the District's future primary campus on the corner of Ranch Road 12 and Winters Mill Parkway on Monday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
When it opens in fall 2020, the primary school campus will utilize a variety of One Water strategies to reduce groundwater usage from the Trinity Aquifer by 90 percent when compared to traditional construction standards.
The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association has been instrumental in attaining additional grant funding for the one water components of the school and bringing the engineers together to create site specific wastewater plans and site designs.
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.
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.
There are things you can do to make a difference. Read the full article to find out more.
Wimberley Community Center – Blanco Room - Everyone is Invited!
Wed June 26 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Wimberley City Council Reviewing Comprehensive Plan
Wimberley City Council has enacted a committee to review their Comprehensive Plan ( CP - long term 20 year plan for growth of Wimberley ) and make recommendations regarding that plan. The current plan basically covers years 2000 to 2020, with the most current revision in Feb 2016. The CP committee started six weeks ago and meets every week ( Monday 2:00 to 3:30 at city Hall ) until the end of July, with the public invited to participate. The scope of the work for the committee is outlined as follows:
·Grade the City’s Performance on the specific objectives within the plan.
·Gather public Input on City Performance and the Vision for Wimberley’s future.
·Identify those Critical Path Items to focus on now, as they make plans for our new 20 year plan ( covering 2020 to 2040 ) in the next 18 to 24 months.
A Review of Texas Water Legislation for the 86th Session
By: Cyndi Jackson - Woodcreek City Council Member
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.
When complete, Cherryville will be a city of 25,000 people. Like many other Texas developments, Cherryville’s wastewater plan amounts to dumping treated sewage into the closest river, which in this case is the San Marcos River, just east of I-35.
Rather than responsibly setting a strict water quality standard for what will be a growing amount of treated sewage discharge, the TCEQ has agreed to a minimal standard that allows for high levels of Ammonia Nitrogen and no testing required for Phosphorous or total Nitrogen levels. Not only will this eventually clog the San Marcos River with algae, it will threaten the drinking water supply for the community of Fentress, which draws its water from several municipal wells located along the San Marcos River. As Cherryville gets built out and its treated sewage discharge increases, the negative effects on the river and area residents will also increase.
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! 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.
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).
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.
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.
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