Hello TWA Landowners -
Our hopes in developing this new “blog” style webpage will be to provide you with more frequent, more timely, and more useful project updates. In addition to the email that you may send via our TWA homepage (www.texaswateralliance.com), you may also post comments to the specific blogs you read here. We hope to hear from you and your neighbors on a regular basis and intend to significantly increase our distribution of information to you about the project, upcoming meetings, leasing, and other pertinent materials.
Texas Water Alliance
Greetings and Best Wishes for a Healthy and Happy 2012
Although it has been sometime since the last project update has been posted, there have not been any significant developments to report. To briefly summarize the activities to date, the TWA permit applications were submitted in March of 2010 and acknowledged as administratively complete in December of that same year. A 30-day public comment period ended in January of 2011 and was followed by a hearing on May 23rd to identify parties with a justiciable interest. The District board found that 10 parties demonstrated standing and appointed an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) to hold a contested case hearing. The ALJ set an unhurried schedule for the remainder of 2011 that allowed only limited discovery and encouraged settlement, discussions with these parties and, assuming a settlement could not be achieved, solicited comments regarding a procedural schedule to move the process forward to hearing. At this time, a settlement has been reached with 2 of the 10 parties; while settlement discussions will continue with the remaining parties, a procedural schedule culminating with a hearing in September 2012 has been approved by the ALJ.
Although the legal process to review the TWA applications continues to be a long and costly one, we remain committed and confident that the merits of the project, the need for additional water supplies in the region, and the rights of the many landowners that collectively made a decision to work with TWA and lease their respective water rights will ultimately prevail. As indicated in our Water Lease, the 2012 Feasibility Payment will be processed and distributed by the end of February. As part of this payment, TWA will include a separate project update and discussion on key issues that could impact all of us as we move the project and permit process forward.
The Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District (“District”) has scheduled a special meeting next Wednesday, March 2nd, at 5:30pm, at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. The primary purpose of this meeting is to provide TWA and the other permit applicants an opportunity to present general information regarding their respective permits and projects to the District Board of Directors. The agenda for this meeting is below. Following this meeting, the District will schedule a special hearing in the coming weeks to identify parties that have a justiciable interest in the TWA application (and the other applications) as provided in Rule 24.C (Rules of the District, Revision 5.0).
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
GONZALES COUNTY UNDERGROUND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Directors of the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District will meet in a special called
meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 414 Saint
Louis St., across from the Gonzales County Courthouse, Gonzales, Texas.
The agenda is as follows:
1. Call to Order.
2. Comments by Board President.
3. Technical presentation by Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District.
4. Overview of pending permit applications before the District for Canyon Regional Water Authority, Hays
Caldwell Public Utility Agency, and Texas Water Alliance Limited.
5. Overview of District’s contested case hearing rules,
6. Question and answer session on agenda items 3, 4, and 5.
7. Discussion of other items of interest by the Board and direction to management.
Checks for the 2011 Feasibility Payment were mailed on Friday, February 18. You should begin receiving your checks in the mail this week. At this time, we are printing and mailing checks. We will begin working on direct wire transfers for those of you that provided the necessary information for future payments.
The next Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 8th at the Gonzales County courthouse, 5:30pm. Although there will likely not be any specific agenda item pertaining to the TWA permit application, your attendance and support of the District and, in general, our project continues to be welcomed and needed. Many people continue to speak out against the actions and the District and specifically our project and permit. It is important the District see and hear from other landowners in Gonzales County and your community that you/TWA support the District’s actions to exercise your groundwater rights as well as your neighbors through the rules and management plan currently in place.
2011 Feasibility Payments will be processed and distributed this month. You will all receive your payment by the end of February.