To the Editor:
Everyone in favor of our Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (GCD) having full Texas Water Code Chapter 36 authority as the legislature intended, raise your hand.
OK, you understand that authority would allow our GCD to protect existing wells from being damaged or ruined by unnecessary and preventable over pumping of our Trinity Aquifer.
Now, everyone wanting to keep our GCD handcuffed so it can’t protect our wells raise your hand. Come on; raise your hand so we can hear why you oppose protecting our wells.
State Representative Patrick Rose aide, Mireya Zapata recently said. “The (Rose) bill two years ago didn’t have taxing authority and still got tons of opposition. It’s about what the constituents don’t want. Many said, ‘we don’t want our district empowered.’”
Who are these constituents who make up “tons of opposition”? We know who the constituents are who make up tons of support for Chapter 36 authority. Many of them signed a petition urging Rose to represent the public interest by passing a local bill in the legislature.
At a recent public meeting in Wimberley, Rose informed citizens favoring Chapter 36 authority for our GCD that his bill in the previous legislative session was killed in committee.
Who are these powerful constituents who can kill a local bill (addressing only a local issue confined to the sponsor’s district), especially a bill sponsored by such an experienced and powerful representative as Rose is?
Perhaps Rose or his staff will share with us a signed petition by his “tons of constituents” who oppose Chapter 36 for our GCD. Then we would know what interests oppose protecting our wells.
Charles O’Dell, Ph.D.