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May 13, 2019
Dear Coalition Members,                                     
   
Here is an update on the Coalition's organization and recent events that show how valuable our group is. 

A toxic spill recently contaminated Skull Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River south of Altair in Colorado County, and our Coalition mobilized quickly. We helped Colorado County Judge Ty Prause get the word out after state agencies dragged their feet in responding to him and local emergency officials about potential dangers and recommended actions following repeated requests for information. More details are below.

Regarding the Coalition's governance, the Executive Committee plans to nominate a slate of officers, including Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape, for 2019-20. Please see details below.

And to ensure that the Coalition can continue its valuable work, we are asking all members to renew their membership. More details are below.
SKULL CREEK CONTAMINATION

On May 2 the Lower Colorado River Authority asked to join a state lawsuit against Inland Environment and Recycling Inc. that accuses it of contaminating Skull Creek. 

The toxic spill on the tributary of the Colorado River prompted the LCRBC  to issue a news release on April 17 condemning the contamination just south of Altair in Colorado County.
JUDGES RECOMMEND DENIAL OF PERMIT FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILL NEAR RIVER  

Two administrative law judges recommended on May 2 that a draft permit be denied for a hazardous waste landfill proposed near Altair in Colorado County because it poses risks to surface and groundwater. 

The Coalition signed a letter opposing the permit application and filed public comment as well.

See the judges' ruling here.
LCRA PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Lower Colorado River Authority will be required to strengthen its public engagement policies, as recommended by the Texas Sunset Commission, under a bill that was signed by the governor on May 7.

SB 606 was supported by the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition - read the details here.
 
 

ARBUCKLE RESERVOIR

At the end of last year, the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors passed a resolution outlining how the new Arbuckle Reservoir in Wharton County will be operated when it comes online this year. 

Some Coalition members are concerned that less water will flow through the river as it passes through Bastrop, Fayette and Colorado counties once the reservoir comes online.  Less water will be released from the Highland Lakes and flow through those counties down to Matagorda Bay because water needs of the coastal area and bay will be met from the reservoir.

The Coalition will be watching for more details of how the reservoir will work and monitoring the impacts.

ELECTIONS

The Executive Committee plans to nominate a slate of officers for 2019-2020 and propose a few improvements to the Coalition bylaws for approval by the membership. 

An official election meeting is tentatively planned for July and a firm date, time and location will be sent out by the end of May or in June.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

To enable the Coalition to continue, please consider renewing your membership when you receive a notice from our Treasurer. The notice will be sent out electronically in June.

Thank you in advance for your support!

The Executive Committee
 

Thank you for supporting the Coalition and our mission to keep water flowing downstream to sustain the health and productivity of the whole basin, both in drought and flood.

The Executive Committee hopes you will renew your Coalition membership this year, if you haven’t already done so, enabling our critical work to continue. We are happy to send an invoice.

OR - To renew your membership, go to waterdownstream.org/act-now/

Also, PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO JOIN US. Forward them this email and send them to waterdownstream.org for membership information! 

About LCRBC


The coalition urges a fair and balanced approach to river management for all parties under all conditions – from drought to flood. The Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition is a 501 c (6) entity.

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Executive Committee

Co-Chair, Kirby Brown
Co-Chair, Judge Paul Pape (nominated)
Secretary, Robert Howard
Treasurer, Mitch Thames
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