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In This Newsletter: Hays County's El Rancho Cima Conservation, Pipeline Update, November Ballot, One Water in Texas, Hondo Canyon Update, Imagina a Day Without Water, Trump's attack on Clean Water, Bluegrass & Beer for Barton Creek, and more.

Hays County to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss the Aquisition of 533 Acres of Riverfront at El Rancho Cima for Conservation

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX
(Oct. 1, 2019)
 – The Hays County Precinct 3 Office will host a public meeting Wednesday, October 9, to discuss recent efforts to conserve portions of El Rancho Cima. The meeting will be held at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12, at 6 p.m

El Rancho Cima, also known as the Boy Scout Ranch, is located 18 miles west of San Marcos on Ranch Road 32 along the Devil’s Backbone. The property includes Sentinel Peak, which at more than 1,200-feet-high is a landmark for anyone traveling the route.

The controversial Enterprise Product Partners crude oil pipeline over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone will be moved.

Rick Rainey, vice president of public relations for Houston-based Enterprise Product Partners, confirmed the pipeline would not cross over the aquifer recharge zone. The company plans to release additional information about the pipeline very soon, including where it might move. 

The decision comes after landowners met with Enterprise on Thursday morning to discuss concerns about the pipeline traversing San Antonio’s water supply. Enterprise considered building a 30-inch-in-diameter crude oil pipeline extending from North Texas to just south of San Antonio.

An Enterprise PowerPoint presentation from Sept. 2019 showed the pipeline route extending from Midland County to Wilson County then crossing Upton, Reagan, Crockett, Schleicher, Sutton, Edwards, Real, Kerr, Bandera, Uvalde, Medina, Frio, and Atascosa counties. This route would have placed the pipeline directly over the Edwards Aquifer, the main drinking water supply for 2 million people in the greater San Antonio region.

10 Texas Constitutional Amendments Slated for November Ballot

You will have the opportunity to vote for ten Propositions for Texas on November 5th.  

To see all propositions on the November 5th ballot click here to read about them at the Austin American Statesman.  Early voting starts October 21st.

Our friends at the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance have put together endorsements for 3 of the proposed amendments. They are recommending voting for Propositions 2, 5, and 8.

Click the button below to find out more about these endorsments. Please help spread the word!

One Water in Texas

One Water is the right framework for integrating water management in Texas and the West. A paradigm shift is needed to sustainably and resiliently manage our water future. Community leaders, water planners and policymakers need a bold, innovative, commonsensical approach to our traditional water management.

Our Executive Director, David Baker was recently a guest with Nick Dornak from the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment on Salwa Khan's amazing podcast, Mothering Earth.  In her October episode she interviewed them about the merits of a One Water approach and talked with them a bit about Wimberley ISD's innovative One Water School Design.

Recently Radhika Fox (CEO US Water Alliance) and Emily Warren, (PO for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.) wrote this amazing article for the Dallas Morning News: Texans must treat every drop of water as precious.

The Texas Living Waters Project recently released a report called "Ensuring One Water Delivers For Healthy Waterways".  This report was initiated in an effort to understand how One Water strategies are being designed and deployed to advance healthy waterways while also realizing its potential for efficiently meeting human water needs.

Paradise Canyon - Medina River - Hondo, Texas

Update on Hondo Canyon Dumping Permit from the Friends of Hondo Canyon

It has been 30 days since the official TCEQ public meeting.  TCEQ is busy working on their written ‘response to comments from all issues raised at the public meeting and on line.  The target turn around time is SIXTY DAYS, So we only have 30 more days to get our elected officials to file their timely comments to TCEQ. 

Please send a letter to these elected officials.  Letters are counted and they count.  They count on two fronts:

1.  The elected official needs to know what issues are important to his/her constituents.  Consituents + letter writers = voters!

2.  TCEQ’s budget is a legislature item.  If legislators are upset, budgets are scrutinized and may not be approved.  Our elected officials hold the purse strings to TCEQ; when they write TCEQ on our behalf, this sends a powerful message.

Do you need some help writing your letter? Call me and I will get you some help.    
Let’s make this happen.   We need to pull out all of our collective to stop this permit.  Together, with our collective efforts, we can move this mountain.

Friends of Hondo Canyon
(830) 460-1523

Barton Creek needs your help! Our friends at Save Barton Creek Association are busy fighting a proposal to dump treated sewage into Barton Creek. 

We all know the devastation these wastewater plant discharges are causing across the Hill Country. You can help by: 

1) Donate Today to their Go Fund Me Campaign. Any amount helps. If 280 people on this list donated $25, that would get them to their $7,000 goal. Alternatively, it would only take 70 people donating $100 each. Donations are to allow SBCA to hire an organizer and increase their efforts in this campaign.

2) Attend an Event for the Cause! The Texas Brewshed Alliance is teaming up with SBCA and other No Dumping Sewage affiliated groups to throw a Bluegrass and Beer Event on October 11th at 6 pm at Jester King Brewery! This is a free event. Live bluegrass music, beer and food purchase. An informational presentation will begin at 7 pm.    

The Long Branch permit plans to dump 92,000 gallons/day of treated sewage into a tributary into Barton Creek, which is the same as dumping three standard sized pools (20 ft by 40 ft) filled with wastewater into the creek every day. Find Out More Here.

Join Us In Participating In "Imagine a Day Without Water"

The Wimberley Valley Watershed Association will be joining over 1000 other organizations on Wednesday October 23rd for Imagine a Day Without Water.

No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. But many Americans take water for granted every day. Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 is the fifth annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

We plan to have a gathering somewhere on that day. Stay Tuned for more info.

An oil rig docked in Sabine Pass, Tex. The repeal means industrial pollution will be able to flow more freely into waterways. Credit Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge includes 30,000 acres of restored salt ponds, tidal marsh and mudflats. Debra Kahn/E&E News

Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

WASHINGTON — September 12th
The Trump administration announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water.

An immediate effect of the clean water repeal is that polluters will no longer need a permit to discharge potentially harmful substances into many streams and wetlands. But the measure, which is expected to take effect in a matter of weeks, has implications far beyond the pollution that will now be allowed to flow freely into waterways.

September 24th - California sued the Trump administration over the EPA's refusal to extend Clean Water Act protections to salt ponds in San Francisco Bay. Legal experts predict a barrage of similar lawsuits across the country. Find out more about this suit here.

Local Earth Tribe Members Find Balance at Jacob's Well for the Fall Equinox

The Earthtribe and The Earth Wisdom Academy hosted their fall Equinox gathering at Jacob's Well on September 23rd.

There were 35 people from the local community, many who experienced the Earthtribe for the first time.

Equinoxes are balance points between dark/light, night/day and all other pairs of opposites or complements, such as feminine and masculine.

By celebrating the 4 turning points and balance points in the solar year, which describe the Earth’s relationship with the Sun, they aligned themselves with the rhythm and cycle of Life on this planet.

Our gratitude to all who gathered at the Well to honor the sacred within and acknowledged the Well as the Elemental Mother Water. 

Bluegrass & Beer for Barton Creek at Jester King Brewery

The Texas Brewshed Alliance is teaming up with SBCA and other No Dumping Sewage affiliated groups to throw a Bluegrass and Beer Event on October 11th at 6 pm at Jester King Brewery! This is a free event. Live bluegrass music, beer and food purchase. An informational presentation will begin at 7 pm. 

Caring for Your Land- Incentives for Stewardship and Conservation

October 18th, 2019 
Castell General Store
19522 Ranch Road 152
Castell, TX
1:15-5:15 PM

Workshop Overview:

Private landowners ensure the health and productivity of the Hill Country’s land, water, and wildlife, often without recognition or reward. The Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative (HCHCI) is an innovative program made up of numerous partners, which provides financial and educational resources to private landowners seeking to leave their land better than they found it. This workshop will detail tools and financial incentives to help you care for your land, now and forever.

Admission: FREE but limited

Upcoming Events

October 11
Bluegrass and Beer for Barton Creek with the Save Barton Creek Association 6-9PM

October 15
Workshop: Riparian and Stream Ecosystems- Plum Creek,

Building Green Justice Forum - Huston Tillotson University in Austin 8AM - 4PM - FREE Please RSVP

October 18
Friends of Hondo Canyon Briefing and Organization Session - Tarpley Texas

Regional Conservation Partnership Program: Venue TBD, in Llano from 1:30 to 5:15 (snacks provided)

October 21
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Ranch Park - Dripping Springs Texas - 10 AM

October 23
Imagine a Day Without Water

October 25
TCEQ Meeting for Hondon Canyon permit - Mansfield Park Rec. Hall Bandera 7PM

November 5
Vote for 10 Texas amendment propositions



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

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