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Good news, bad news and the ugly.

The good news is that plaintiffs suing to stop the toll road over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone between Austin and Hays County won an important round in court yesterday that TxDOT and the toll authority are none too happy about. Congrats to all, especially SOS Alliance.

The bad news (not unexpected) is last night the Simsboro communities got hosed on another mega-permit of groundwater in the Lost Pines (Lee and Bastrop counties). The privateering End Op, L.P. got a stair-stepped permit for 46,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District. Though several years of pumping will be monitored for impact on the aquifer before the full amount is allowed, those who entered into this agreement may well be experimenting with irreparable damage to an ancient and very slow-recharge aquifer. Landowners are now preparing for more court action.. A few more details here from Environmental Stewardship.

Please read this handout from us last night to see how you can help.

Ready yet to join a good ol’ fashioned picket at the Growth Summit on Friday, Sept. 16 in San Marcos? Ivy from San Antonio is begging for her muzzle. Share this and come on out, y’all!


  1. Sept. 25-27:  Have you registered yet for the scrumptious 10th Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference? Do it here now.

  2. Whistleblower developer Brian Rodgers has been rescheduled for Monday, October 3rd, at 7 pm at First National Bank of Bastrop.

We are ready to come talk to your group about how to join the independent movement. Just let us know and we’ll be there.

PS If you live in the city of Bastrop, come down to city hall tonight at 6:30. Water is being discussed in Executive Session but action must be voted on in public. Can’t make it? Watch on BTXN.TV.


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