Topic

water rights

7 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Senator Brandon Creighton, Representative Will Metcalf, Senator Robert Nichols, Representative Cecil Bell, Judge Craig Doyal, Attorney General Ken Paxton

Make Water Affordable in Montgomery County: Limit the Overreach of SJRA and LSGCD

The citizens of Montgomery County pay exorbitant water utility bills due to an unconscionable contract with the San Jacinto River Authority.  With unchecked add-on fees from the San Jacinto River Authority and the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District each month, there is a 100% mark-up in the cost of water in Montgomery County. With water costs DOUBLING due to these extra fees, it's not unusual for water bills to run $500 - $900 a month. This is truly an undue burden for basic water service. It is a particular hardship for the poor and elderly on fixed income.  Montgomery County caps our groundwater usage from the Gulf Coast Aquifer at 64,000 acre-feet per year. This arbitrary limit is in place, even though environmental studies have shown it is unnecessary, and counties around Montgomery County are pulling unlimited water from the same aquifer.  We have no recourse for lower water bills. If we conserve water, our bills remain high, because the San Jacinto River Authority simply increases rates to ensure their profits (as was done this summer, after a particularly rainy spring meant decreased watering).  We recommend:  Increase the unnecessary aquifer limit of 64,000 acre-feet per year for Montgomery County. Review the salaries and contracts in place for the SJRA. Fix the problem of the SJRA operating without proper oversight or accountability. Let elected citizens serve on the Boards of these organizations, instead of appointees. Set a cap on the consumer's end price for water as a basic utility in our state. Support the City of Conroe in their lawsuit against the SJRA, in an attempt to protect their citizens' water rights. Thank you for your support!   

Charlene Bader
2,047 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to San Antonio City Council

Stop water rate hikes and demand transparency through a financial audit of SAWS

As we face a changing climate we demand that the city of San Antonio looks to pass a just and equitable Climate Action Plan that addresses the water needs of a community projected to grow by 1 million by 2040.  SAWS and City Council must present alternative funding methods and long term sustainable ideas for infrastructure updates, greater conservation efforts and limits to urban sprawl with community engagement and fiscal transparency.  City Council should reject any large scale rate increases without making more effort to inform the community of their necessity.  San Antonio has a unique opportunity to focus on water sustainability as we evaluate our future and climate.   We should find long term solutions that make us the leader in providing for our communities and not another participant in a urban sprawl resource grab. Community Demands AUDIT PROJECTED WATER BILL RATE HIKES: 2018: 5.8%; 2019: 4.7%; 2020:12%; for a combined total increase of 20.5% over the next 3 years. Because of  these totals, we demand transparency with a financial audit of SAWS .VISTA RIDGE PIPELINE:We demand that our city push and create solutions that do not jeopardize the ecology or extract resources from other communities. We do not support taking water from other communities as a secure solution and demand greater conservation efforts from corporate and government use as well. FISCAL LEADERSHIP: Giving executives raises and bonuses at a time when SAWS is pushing an almost 20% rate increase  sends the wrong message to community members who are being asked to pay more for projects. RATE STRUCTURE TRANSPARENCY: As SAWS continues to demand more conservation and higher water bills for residential use, we demand a culture of transparency with language, efforts, and information that is accessible to all.  This includes breakdowns of corporate and government water use and rate structures.   We demand our city offer more transparency behind rate hikes and utility planning and vote No on upcoming rate hikes and efforts to push these rate increases without community input.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Estamos pidiendo más transparencia detrás de los aumentos de tarifas para nuestros servicios públicos. A medida que enfrentamos un clima cambiante, exigimos que la ciudad apruebe un Plan de Acción Climática justo y equitativo que aborde las necesidades de agua de una comunidad que se proyecta crecerá en 1 millón para 2040. SAWS y el consejo municipal deben presentar métodos alternativos de financiación e ideas sostenibles a largo plazo para actualizaciones de infraestructura, mayores esfuerzos de conservación y límites a la expansión urbana con participación comunitaria y transparencia fiscal. El Concejo Municipal debe rechazar cualquier aumento de tarifas a gran escala sin antes informar a la comunidad de su necesidad. San Antonio tiene una oportunidad única de enfocarse en la sostenibilidad del agua a medida que evaluamos nuestro futuro y clima. Deberíamos encontrar soluciones a largo plazo que nos conviertan en un líder que provee para nuestra comunidad y no únicamente otro participante en un agarre de recursos de expansión urbana.   Demandas de la comunidad: AUDITORÍA DE SAWS Y TARIFAS AFECTADAS: Los números propuestos de alza de tasas son - 2018: 5.8%; 2019: 4,7%; 2020: 12%; para un aumento total combinado del 20.5% en los próximos 3 años. Debido a estos totales, exigimos transparencia con una auditoría financiera de SAWS. OLEODUCTO VISTA RIDGE: Exigimos que nuestra ciudad impulse y cree soluciones que no pongan en peligro la ecología ni extraigan recursos de otras comunidades. No apoyamos tomar agua de otras comunidades como una solución segura y exigimos mayores esfuerzos de conservación del uso corporativo y gubernamental. LIDERAZGO FISCAL: Dar a los ejecutivos aumentos y bonos en un momento en que SAWS está impulsando un aumento de casi el 20% en las tarifas envía el mensaje equivocado a los miembros de la comunidad a quienes se les pide que paguen más por los proyectos. TRANSPARENCIA DE LA ESTRUCTURA DE LA TARIFA: A medida que SAWS continúa exigiendo más conservación y mayores facturas de agua para uso residencial, exigimos una cultura de transparencia con lenguaje, esfuerzos e información que sea accesible para todos. Esto incluye los desgloses del uso del agua corporativo y del gobierno y las estructuras de tarifas. Además, SAWS necesita tomar en cuenta los salarios actuales y el costo de vida para garantizar que las alzas de tasas se mantengan accesibles. Exijimos que nuestra ciudad ofrezca más transparencia detrás de los incrementos de tarifas y la planificación de servicios públicos, y vote “no” en las próximas alzas de tasas y los esfuerzos para impulsar estos aumentos de tarifas sin la participación de la comunidad.  

Southwest Workers' Union San Antonio, Texas
228 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Colonel John W. Henderson

Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

I’m 13 years-old and as an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, I’ve lived my whole life by the Missouri River. It runs by my home in Fort Yates North Dakota and my great grandparents original home was along the Missouri River in Cannon Ball. The river is a crucial part of our lives here on the Standing Rock Reservation. But now a private oil company wants to build a pipeline that would cross the Missouri River less than a mile away from the Standing Rock Reservation and if we don’t stop it, it will poison our river and threaten the health of my community when it leaks. My friends and I have played in the river since we were little; my great grandparents raised chickens and horses along it. When the pipeline leaks, it will wipe out plants and animals, ruin our drinking water, and poison the center of community life for the Standing Rock Sioux. In Dakota/Lakota we say “mni Wiconi.” Water is life. Native American people know that water is the first medicine not just for us, but for all human beings living on this earth. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline would transport 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day, across four states. Oil companies keep telling us that this is perfectly safe, but we’ve learned that that’s a lie: from 2012-2013 alone, there were 300 oil pipeline breaks in the state of North Dakota. With such a high chance that this pipeline will leak, I can only guess that the oil industry keeps pushing for it because they don’t care about our health and safety. It’s like they think our lives are more expendable than others’. So we, the Standing Rock Youth, are taking a stand to be the voice for our community, for our great grandparents, and for Mother Earth. Join us, and sign to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sincerely, Anna and the Standing Rock Youth Learn more about our campaign at rezpectourwater.com.

Anna Lee, Bobbi Jean & the Oceti Sakowin Youth
563,156 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Support Fair Water Flow for Florida's Industry and Wildlife Along Apalachicola River & Bay

A Fight Over Water, and to Save a Way of LifeApalachicola is a Florida heritage site, a bastion of Old Florida history and lifestyle, and severely dependent on the water flow from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. The unique mix of water from the ACF basin and the Gulf of Mexico has created one of this country's most bountiful environments for marine life and the seafood industry.As early as 1896, Apalachicola Bay exported around 50,000 cans of oysters a day to other states across the country. Five years ago, Apalachicola Bay oyster fishers harvested more than 3 million pounds of oyster meat, roughly 92 percent of Florida’s oyster harvest and 10 percent of the national harvest. However, much has changed since 2013. During that year, the total harvest dropped to around 1 million pounds, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a fishery state of  disaster on at the bay.Apalachicola's issues can be traced back to 1989, when the United States Army Corps of Engineers recommended that some water flowing through the Buford Dam, located on the Chattahoochee River in northern Georgia, should be used for the city of Atlanta's water supply. Florida has pursued legal action to protect the flow of water that meets the Gulf, but it is facing an uphill battle.In 2017, a special master has recommended to the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Florida in a decades-long fight over water use. This ruling will deliver a big blow to not only the oysters, but the people of Big Bend’s Apalachicola Bay.Sign this petition to make your Florida voice heard in this battle. This petition will be delivered to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of finding a different solution to the water needs of the states involved in this fight. Help us bring awareness to the economic and ecologic disaster restricted water flow will cause. Follow @oneriverapalach on Twitter and Instagram for more info.       

One River Apalachicola
1,598 supporters