Last week came a letter that indicates that the Electro Purifications (EP) attempt to take our water and give us subsidence in return is done. After Richmond joined Rosenberg in dropping out of the state hearings case (which attempted to force our groundwater district to approve the application for 20 million gallons per day to be taken from Austin and Waller counties), EP stood alone and has now withdrawn its application.
This is cause for celebration indeed! I humbly give most of the credit for this victory to the stalwart Ft. Bend Subsidence District, who stood by its mandate to reduce subsidence despite what must have been crippling pressure to cave in to the political and personal forces of the politicians and businesses of Richmond and Rosenberg. It is rare indeed, these days, to see such courage and resolve. It is inspiring.
Additionally, I must note that many mighty fine patriots in Waller and Austin counties put up a good fight and no doubt contributed to and political environment which poisoned the wells, so to speak, for those who would harm our counties. Your Austin County Commissioners Court issued two strong resolutions in opposition - unanimously - which gave an official political punch of condemnation. Tom Sherman and his Concerned Citizens for Texas Water Resources group kept stirring the pot, keeping the fight in public view. The mayor of Simonton made eloquent points on the disaster that his town would suffer with the subsidence. What a team!
The Super Bowl in two weeks will consume us, but the results of that battle will not matter two days, two months, two years, 20 years later.
What really impacts our lives are the small battles like this one against EP, where the loss could have been devastating to our county's future.
If you are young and you read this, please believe me when I tell you that being on any team that wins a battle like this is even better than making the play that made the difference in a big game. I challenge you to strive for both.
Meanwhile, let us celebrate and then return to our watch. Let us lobby our legislature to recognize that the RULE OF CAPTURE does not convey the right to destroy.
And, let us push desalination as a priority, because for Texans to be fighting Texans over water is not a good future. Instead of fighting over a limited amount of water, we need to invest to INCREASE the water available.
Commissioner, Pct. 1