Several sister conservation groups together filed a "friend of the court" brief in support of the SOS Alliance legal challenge to the state approval of the City of Dripping Springs permit to discharge over 800,000 gallons per day of treated sewage into Onion Creek. Each of these groups, listed below, along with a San Gabriel River landowner, are fighting similar proposals to discharge treated sewage into Central Texas streams. Read the friend-of-the-court brief - or better yet - just take a few minutes to look at the photos incorporated into the brief showing how wastewater discharges are ruining our creeks and rivers by triggering massive algae blooms (among other problems).
We extend our thanks to Stephanie Ryder Morris, a San Gabriel River home owner, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Texas Rivers Protection Association, San Marcos River Foundation, Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Protect Our Blanco , Friends of Hondo Canyon, and attorneys Amy Johnson, Loraine Hoane, and Kelly Haragan.
A hearing on our appeal, pending in Travis County District Court, has been postponed for about two months. The hearing in the case will likely take place in July, but we don't yet have a firm date.
Monday, April 6th at 2 pm, the CAMPO policy board is having its only scheduled public hearing, online, to take public input on the Draft Long Range Transportation Plan for Austin and surrounding counties, known as the CAMPO 2045 draft plan. Please plan to "attend" this hearing, make your comment and/or listen to those of other concerned citizens. Go here for the public hearing online access information. You must sign up to speak by 10 am this Monday, April 6th, by calling 512-215-8225 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can file written comments through April 20th here . Your message will go directly to all 21 members of the CAMPO policy board. Adopt the message we suggested, or change it to say what you want it to say. Hit "take action" when you are done.
There's some additional background information here. You can read part of the draft CAMPO 2045 plan here. CAMPO has not yet provided a complete version for public review. (Go figure.) Other CAMPO 2045 draft plan background information is here.
SOS Alliance and Travis County have asked that the CAMPO Board extend the comment period for at least a couple of months. For now, however, the comment deadline is April 20th. We will be providing additional suggested comments from now until April 20th. We hope you will join us in making additional comments in the days ahead--and winning a more sustainable, affordable, safe, and responsible transportation plan for the Austin metro region.