Bill Johnson is the Recipient of the Aquifer Advocate Award by the BSEACD

IMG 6956At its January 28, 2016, meeting, the Board of Directors of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District selected its 2015 Groundwater Stewardship Award winners. The District presents these stewardship awards every two years to deserving individuals, organizations, companies or agencies that have invested exemplary effort towards the protection and conservation of water resources in the District.

Save Our Wells very own Bill Johnson received the Aquifer Advocate Award.

Aquifer Advocate Award:

Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson has been a long-time supporter, participant, and advocate of groundwater science across many agencies. He has facilitated dye traces to better understand groundwater flowpaths, hydrologic studies along the Blanco to understand surface water and groundwater interactions, and weather studies to understand potential recharge and runoff. He helped lead the community discussion and support of groundwater protection in a previously unregulated portion of Hays County.

For more information and a full list of awards and recipients, please visit www.bseacd.org.

 

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Isaac  save our wellsMany of the residential wells in the Trinity Aquifer are threatened by a private company from Houston called Electro Purification. This company now has at least 3 contracts to provide water from the Trinity for a minimum of 1.9 billion gallons a year.1501159653 Verizon drilling trucks

Water will be supplied to:

  • Goforth Special Utility District - 3 million gallons a day/1,095,000,000 gallons per year
  • Anthem Subdivision by Clark Wilson Homes, a proposed MUD (Municipal Utility District) in the Mountain City ETJ - 1.3 million gallons a day/474,500,000 gallons per year
  • City of Buda - 1 million gallons a day/365,000,000 gallons per year

The groundwater of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County is protected from this type of water mining by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Generally, a permit is required to remove such large quantities of water. But the Electro Purification well field is located in the Edwards Aquifer Authority, which only has regulatory authority over the Edwards Aquifer.

rolling oaks protestElectro Purification is currently leasing or buying water rights in the area and testing wells on land along RM 3237. The company will pay for the construction of wells (approximately 20), pipeline, pumping stations, and water treatment. But Goforth Special Utility District, a public entity, is using their right of eminent domain to obtain all easements on private property for the pipeline which will cross private property from the well field to Mountain City ETJ, the City of Buda and to the Goforth delivery point just west of I-35.


Thus far, 7 test wells have been drilled on two parcels of land on RM 3237. The first 3 wells were drilled in late 2013 and early 2014 on land owned by the Bridges Brothers Family LP (owned by Robert A. Bridges and James A. Bridges), with an additional well drilled in January of 2015. In addition, 3 test wells are located on land owned by the Odell family (Laverne and Margie Odell and their children, Juanita Leinneweber, Eddie Ray Odell, and Roy Gene Odell).

The purpose of this website is to keep you informed of meetings and events related to Electro Purification and their water grab in Hays County.

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Please contact your elected officials and let them know how you feel. And attend as many meetings as you possibly can.

All of Hays County depends on groundwater as its major source of water. In western Hays County, it is the only source.

This affects all of us.

Wherever you may live in Hays County.