CANCELLED: TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting – September 23, 2010

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing the TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting that was scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 23rd.

We hope to reschedule this meeting for sometime later this fall. In the meantime, GEAA staff and others are working to assemble a list of recommendations for TCEQ reforms concerning water issues. If you would like to contribute your ideas, please contact our Executive Director, Annalisa Peace at 210-320-6294 or Annalisa@AquiferAlliance.org.

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Workplace Giving with EarthShare goes a long way!

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Did you know that you might be able to help support GEAA through a workplace giving pledge through Earth Share of Texas? Earth Share represents us and several GEAA member groups, as well as 69 other environmental non-profits across Texas.

Many employers offer the Earth Share of Texas workplace giving choice, including:

  • the Cities of San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, Dallas, Houston, and El Paso;
  • San Antonio ISD, Austin ISD, Houston ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD;State or federal level employees; and
  • AT&T, REI, Dell Incorporated, Hewlett Packard, and many other private corporations.

For a complete list of organizations that offer the Earth Share choice, click here.

Please use these codes to support GEAA in your workplace campaign!
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Code: 38728
Texas State Employees (SECC) Code: 035603
City of Austin Employees (COACCC) Code: 1821
City of San Antonio and Bexar County Code: 8422
City of Houston Employees (HCMC) Code: Pending
Houston Independent School District Employees (HISD) Code: Pending

We need your help in spreading the word about giving to GEAA through Earth Share. Anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.

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Hays County Commissioners Court Votes to Purchase Land to Protect Jacob’s Well

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Congratulations to GEAA member group Wimberley Valley Watershed Association. The plan to secure this area to protect the springs has been at least five years in the making.

The Hays County Commissioners Court voted on Tuesday to approve $1.7 million to purchase 50 acres of land that had been slated for high density development directly adjacent to Jacob’s Well. Commissioners approved the allocation of $850,000 of parks and open space bond funds and agreed to borrow $850,000 from The Nature Conservancy in order to purchase 50 acres of environmentally sensitive land. The additional property will double the size of the current 46 acre Jacob’s Well Natural Area. The combined acreage will be protected by a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy and will serve as the first county owned nature preserve in western Hays County.
“Today I’m asking the county to move forward and protect Jacob’s Well. We are coming together in partnership with the WVWA and The Nature Conservancy to preserve this great spring,” said Commissioner Will Conley, who sponsored the meeting agenda items.

The court also voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between WVWA and Hays County to partner on the management and stewardship of the preserve lands. The WVWA will work to expand education and research programs at the Jacob’s Well Natural Area and will retain a permanent presence on the site.

The purchase will stop any future development on the land and protect a very sensitive recharge area above the Well. The historic acquisition by Hays County and The Nature Conservancy will settle two lawsuits filed by the developers against WVWA and the City of Woodcreek.

In the presentation to the court, Jack Hollon, President of WVWA said, “Nature sends signals with drought and dry times and won’t allow us to wait on acting to protect Jacob’s Well. The county should move forward now and protect this natural treasure.”

David Baker, the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association Executive Director, gave an in-depth presentation of the history of Jacob’s Well and the two decades of dedicated efforts to protect the headwaters of Cypress Creek. “Jacob’s Well is the heart and soul of the Wimberley Valley and the crystal clear spring water is essence of what makes the Texas Hill Country so beautiful. ” said Baker.

The WVWA offers free public tours of Jacob’s Well Natural Area every Saturday morning at 10:00 am. For more information email jacobswellspring@gmail.com or call 512-722-3390.

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