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TESPA Announces Water Defense Plans
at Meeting on Saturday, March 21

If you have been following recent events related to Electro Purification’s plans to pump 5.2 million gallons a day from the Trinity Aquifer, CARD encourages you to read the following press release, then attend the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA) meeting Saturday night at the Wimberley Community Center.

Please continue to follow developments on hayscard.org, saveourwells.com, www.rollingoakswells.org and tespatexas.org

CARD Steering Committee


TESPA Announces Water Defense Plans at Saturday Meeting

The latest developments in the fight to protect our groundwater in Hays County go public at the TESPA Water Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wimberley Community Center.

TESPA, the recently formed Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association, wasted no time wading into the major threat to Hays County water and prosperity presented by Electro Purification’s plans to drain 5.2 million gallons a day from the heart of our water-fragile community. Just weeks after the announcement of TESPA’s founding, the group is ready to take its actions directly to the people threatened by EP’s aquifer-draining plans.

"I am excited about this public meeting,” said TESPA co-founder and local resident Jim Blackburn. “We on the TESPA team will present the surprising results of our legal research and discuss moving forward to stop the Electro Purification water development plan. I hope everyone who cares about the future health and prosperity of our area will join us."

It’s no secret that Hays County, recently declared the fastest-growing county in Texas, has long had a serious water issue. Western Hays’ primary water source, the Trinity Aquifer, is already being depleted far faster than it can be renewed. For years county officials have sought alternate water sources for a fast-approaching shortage. Despite this, EP found a county area unprotected by any Groundwater Conservation District, and quietly acquired water rights and signed contracts allowing them to annually suck 1.8 billion gallons of water from the Trinity.

Taking so much water would quickly drain scores and eventually hundreds of local wells. That would not only ruin many homesteads, but would eventually damage property values area wide. Dozens of local organizations and thousands of citizens have reacted with signs, resolutions and outrage. TESPA was formed to fight that threat through litigation and other legal means, and will discuss their promising progress at Saturday’s meeting. Vicki Hujsak, local resident and president of TESPA, will open the meeting with a quick overview. Blackburn will take the podium to recognize citizen members placed at the forefront of legal actions as well as the TESPA legal team to update their latest findings. The team includes Austin trial lawyer Jeff Mundy, Houston environmental lawyer Charles Irvine and Austin lawyer Vanessa Puig-Williams, who also specializes in water and environmental law.

Other water information will come from Wimberley Valley Watershed Association Executive Director David Baker and from Steve Klepfer, Wimberley businessman, former mayor and a member of TESPA.

It’s sure to be an exciting and energy-packed event. The Wimberley Community Center is located at 14068 Ranch Rd 12, next-door to Brookshire Brothers grocery, which will provide overflow parking. For information, watch the TESPA website, www.tespatexas.org.

Download a PDF of this press release for printing and emailing...


TESPA Water Defense Plans Meeting PDF (3/17/15)

TESPA Press Release PDF (2/25/15)

The New Water Wildcatters by Patrick Cox, PhD (2/22/15) (Download)

CARDtalk: Report on Feb 10 Wimberley Town Hall Meeting on Electro Purification Project (2/11/15)

CARDtalk: IMPORTANT MEETINGS ALERT for Hays Property Owners (2/3/15)

Our Water and the Threat to the Heart of Our Existence by Patrick Cox, PhD (Download) (1/30/15)

Texas Tribune: Friday Night Football Returns to Water Politics (1/30/15)

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District: Trinity Well Drilling (outside District) (1/27/15)

Texas Tribune: Groundwater Wars Brewing in Austin's Suburbs (1/23/15)

Excellent Website devoted to the unregulated pumping threat to Trinity Aquifer (1/22/15)

CARDtalk: CITIZEN ALERT - Unregulated Pumping Threatens Trinity Aquifer (1/14/15)

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