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Media Advisory: Press Conference with Rep. John Cyrier and George Rice

Advisory Press Conference Tuesday, February 2, 9 am Speaker’s Room, 2W.6, Texas Capitol

Rep. John Cyrier Raises Concern for Landowners’ Groundwater Resources in Light of Rice Supplemental Report Before House Natural Resources Committee Hearing

Who:  Rep. John Cyrier (R-Lockhart), Texas House District 17 (Lee, Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and Karnes counties), George Rice, hydrologist and former Edwards Aquifer Authority Board Member, and Michele Gangnes, landowner over the Simsboro Aquifer and League of Independent Voters of Texas. Landowners from all four affected counties will be present.

What:  George Rice releases supplemental report documenting the effects of newly-approved pumping on Central Texas aquifers. Rep. Cyrier to raise concerns about the impact on rural landowners and aquifers. Michele Gangnes to raise concerns for landowners’ lack of a seat at the table.

Where:  Speaker’s Committee Room 2W.6, Texas Capitol

When:  Tuesday, February 2, 9 AM

This press conference precedes an interim hearing called by Chairman Jim Keffer, House Natural Resources Committee at 10 am in Room E2.010 to begin addressing Speaker Straus’ Interim Charge 2:  Evaluate the status of water markets in Texas and the potential challenges of expanded markets for water. Include the evaluation of greater interconnections between water systems through both engineered and natural infrastructure. Examine opportunities for incentives from areas receiving water supplies to areas providing those supplies that could benefit each area and the state as a whole.

For more information:

League of Independent Voters of Texas PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602 512-213-4511 * 512-657-2089 cell

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