AUSTIN, TX –  State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) and State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) today, filed legislation to expand the boundaries of two groundwater conservation districts in Hays County, as well as a bill to prevent Goforth Special Utility District from exercising the power of eminent domain outside of the boundaries and service area of the district.

Rep. Isaac stated, “This isn’t just a water issue, it’s also about property rights.  Goforth using their eminent domain authority, for the benefit of a private company, is an egregious abuse of their power.  HB 3407 will prevent Goforth from acquiring the pipeline easements from property owners along FM 3237 and FM 150, and anywhere else that is not within the boundaries of their district.”

HB 3405/SB 1439 and HB 3406/SB 1440, will annex an area of the aquifer, which currently remains unprotected and just outside the boundary of a priority groundwater management area, by expanding either the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District or the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

“For generations, Texans have been faced with the challenge of building vibrant communities while protecting our natural resources,” said State Sen. Donna Campbell.  “By working with Rep. Jason Isaac and members of the Hays County community on legislation to protect groundwater in the Trinity Aquifer, I am confident that we are taking a key step to preserve the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, strengthen private property rights, and meet the demands of rapid population growth through responsible development in Central Texas.”

Rep. Isaac concluded, “I remain more than hopeful that the legislation we filed today will help bring a solution to protect not only the Trinity Aquifer, but also well owners who are worried about their wells running dry in the near future, and property owners who could lose their land from the wrongful use of eminent domain powers.”

For more information or to track the status of legislation, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us.

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