Thursday, March 26, 2015

Misinformation Campaign Against
Wimberley Citizens and Our Property Values

Dear concerned citizens,

Many Wimberley area citizens have written to their legislators regarding the EP situation, asking that the legislature expands Groundwater Conservation District coverage to include the white zone east of Wimberley (the EP well area). On Wed., Rep. Isaac’s bills went before the Natural Resources Committee. The same day, many of those same citizens began getting emails from legislators indicating that they are being told Wimberley citizens are against Wimberley being included in a Groundwater Conservation District. Unbelievable, since we are already in a GCD.
This is part of a note from Rep. Lyle Larson to a Wimberley constituent:

"It is my understanding that the last few sessions, the folks in Wimberley have opposed being included in a groundwater conservation district. Hopefully we can get this issue worked out this session. I look forward to the discussion that will take place this afternoon and will work with Rep. Isaac to develop a solution to ensure water security for the Wimberley area moving forward."

This smells of a classic misinformation campaign, similar to what EP is doing in other areas the last few days, such as the misleading press conference and the disturbing robo-calls from a former Buda mayor - in the water supply business - trying to stir up antipathy from Buda citizens against the Wimberley area victims of the EP water grab. Read more from the Texas Tribune.

Do not let them get away with this. Let your legislators know how totally absurd this is.

1. Wimberley is in the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) and has been since that district’s creation.

2. Wimberley area meetings supporting the white zone residents - and concerned about Wimberley property values being threatened by the EP wells - have been packed and totally in favor of the GCDs (both the HTGCD and the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District - BSEACD).

3. In just a few weeks, more than 2,300 citizens of the Wimberley area have signed the CARD Citizens Petition supporting expanding and funding the HTGCD. In addition, almost 4,000 people have signed the similar Hays County Groundwater Watch Dogs petition on Facebook.
Please write the members of the Natural Resources Committee by going to this page. When the page opens, click on the representative’s photo to get his contact information.
And if you have friends in Buda, please, assure them that no one is trying to block their water supply; we are just trying to keep our life water from being stolen for future developments.

- CARD Steering Committee

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