Thursday, March 5, 2015

Friends of Blue Hole and WVWA Join TESPA to Raise Funds for Aquifer Protection

Joining forces the Friends of Blue Hole and the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association are taking action to address the current water crisis in Central Texas brought on by a proposal from Electro Purification, a corporation from Houston, that proposes to use the rule of capture to pump over five million gallons a day from the Trinity and Edwards Aquifer. This unregulated water grab would potentially dry up water wells in adjacent neighborhoods and impact the Edwards and Trinity aquifer springs in an already fragile drought stricken area. The two organizations have become members of the newly formed Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) to assist in fundraising for the newly established non-profit. 

"These springs are the lifeblood of this country," said Peter Way, founder of Friends of Blue and founding director of TESPA. Way is a property owner adjacent to the EP well field in the Blanco River watershed. "Without water, this land loses the wonderful character that all of us love. Our long term goal is to develop and implement strategies to protect our groundwater and springs."

The EP threat requires all of us to work together to stop this project," said David Baker Executive Director of WVWA. "We need to protect the people whose homes and wells are endangered, and also to preserve the springs, rivers and aquifers we all depend on. We encourage all concerned citizens and organizations to become members of TESPA and help advance the protection and wise management of our groundwater and its connection to our surface water springs.

TESPA was officially formed Feb. 25 in response to the commercial attempt by Houston-based Electro Purification, LLC, to take 1.9 billion gallons of water annually from the already stressed Trinity Aquifer, creating an immediate and critical threat to Western Hays County private wells and property values. TESPA's goal is to protect, through legal action, those wells and properties as well as the Trinity and the Edwards aquifers and their springs. TESPA has already lined up a legal team and begun preparations for action.

"This is a critical time for Hays County groundwater," said Jim Blackburn, a TESPA board member and property owner in the Lone Man Creek watershed. "When livelihoods and property are threatened, it is reasonable to ask the courts for help.  If we don't fight now with all we can muster, this groundwater will be lost."

Read the full TESPA announcement of formation at  

Press Inquiries please contact:  
Jim Blackburn - 713-524-0122   

Supporters can make a tax deductible donation to TESPA, by making a gift to Friends of Blue Hole directed specifically to TESPA endeavors.   

Please make checks payable to
Friends of Blue Hole and mail to PO Box 1601, Wimberley, Texas 78676.

Or go online at 

Donation can also be made on March 5th & 6th 
as part of the Amplify Austin Live Here Give Here Campaign 
Checks can be made payable to WVWA PO. Box 2534 Wimberley Texas 78676

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Please Join TESPA for  a community meeting to discuss plans for fighting the Electro Purification project.  Lawyers designing TESPA litigation strategy and local leaders will discuss aspects of the litigation. 

When - Saturday March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Where - Wimberley Community Center

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