Sorry this is so late, but we need your help to reach legislators NOW to vote NO on House Bill 726 coming for a floor vote tomorrow – April 15th — in the Texas House. We will soon do all we can to stop this in the Texas Senate!
We need you to call your State Representative NOW! Find him or her here. (Or just call the Capitol Switchboard at 512-463-4630 and ask them to hook you up to your State Rep’s office!)
This legislation can do permanent and serious harm to the future water supply of all Texans by facilitating the “California Water Model.” That is moving groundwater – the water underlying millions of Texas from our aquifers — to areas without a nearby water supply.
Just remember to remind your legislator: Rural Texans do not want their water stripped from their land. Urban Texans do not want to pay for profiteering and speculation in water to fuel hyper-development – a driving force of urban unaffordability.
We need you to call your State Representative NOW! Find him or her here. You can usually leave message anytime. If that fails, you can send your Rep an email to First Name dot Last Name @house.texas.gov. Urge your Rep to simply vote NO on HB 726 NOW!
We expect the vote to come up on MONDAY, April 15th sometime after 11AM, but these votes are sometimes delayed, so do your call as soon as you can. Then ask friends, family and neighbors to do the same.
Tell your legislators that you want HB 726 AMENDED as proposed by Rep. John Cyrier (pronounced SEER-E-AY). Tell your legislator to stand up for the private property rights that ALL landowners have their groundwater; INCLUDING those who choose to keep our aquifers healthy and sustainable for all future Texans by not selling their groundwater!
MORE POINTS TO MAKE, if you want to:
“Taking” other people’s groundwater without compensation; especially those who don’t sell their groundwater is wrong.
Groundwater mega-projects take water many miles beyond the boundaries of their well fields; taking water from neighboring domestic wells and the water flow in rivers & streams is wrong.
Stripping away local control over groundwater permitting, by automatically extending/renewing speculative permits that may leave our aquifers vulnerable to permanent damage is wrong.
Please note – and tell your legislators this! The State Water Plan already lays out less expensive, regional alternatives that are sustainable and protect Texas’ economic growth.
Got questions? Call us at 512.213.4511 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Texans!