We’re keeping up the fight to protect rural aquifers

Last fall, Vista Ridge applied to increase the amount of groundwater it will pump from Milam & Burleson County to ship hundreds of miles away to San Antonio. The first hearing on the application on October 3 was continued, and will reconvene on February 13. [Notice] FARFA sent the following letter to the Groundwater Conservation District in advance of that hearing:


Board of Directors
Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District
310 East Avenue C
Milano, Texas 76556

February 7, 2020

Dear Board of POSGCD:

As a landowner in the District, and on behalf of the members of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance who live in this District, I submit the following statement for your consideration as you review Vista Ridge’s application to amend its permit to increase the amount of water to be withdrawn from the Simsboro Aquifer.

The Board has both the right and the responsibility to analyze the permit application and make an independent decision on whether to approve, deny, or conditionally approve the requested permit amendments.  See District Rule 7.6.  The staffs’ opinions, while obviously relevant, neither require the Board to approve the amendment request nor absolve the Board of its duty to determine if the application conforms to the Water Code and the District’s Rules.…

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