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+ Page 4A Hays Free Press • March 29, 2017 4; BY LESLEY DELEON efficient nature," said some problems with theboard decided that wassponsors, which include Graham Moore, HCPUA statute," Moore said. the path they wanted Kyle, San Marcos, Buda, executive director. Wanting to address is-to see us try for," Moore and the Canyon Creek SB 1198, co-authored sues with the statute, the said. RWA. The Hays Caldwell by Senators Donna HCPUA Board of Direc- It was a 14-month pro-"We could partner with Public Utility Agency Campbell and Judith tors decided it was best cess of reviewing the pros other entities on pipeline (HCPUA) may be mak- Zaffirini, and House Bill to convert to a regional and cons of remaining a capacities or on water ing a name change if 2540, authored by Repre- water authority. PUA, while also looking supplies that would a proposed bill in the sentative Jason Isaac, are "I sat down and at the benefits of con- make projects larger and 85th Texas Legislature is identical bills regarding reviewed our options to verting to a RWA, Moore therefore would bring approved, the conversion of the figure how we wanted to said. down the cost of the Through Senate Bill HCPUA to the Alliance move forward," Moore After the board's deci- project for our sponsors," 1198 and House Bill RWA. said. sign, HCPUA submitted Moore said. "That's really 2540, the agency seeks HCPUA considered In a six-month discus-a bill draft to legislators one of the main reasons to become the Alliance converting after attempt- sign with HCPUA's Board August 2016. we're looking to have-this RegionalWater Authority ing to make changes toof Directors, HCPUA Converting to the conversion." (RWA). Texas' public utility star- reviewed the possibility Alliance RWA would Having that option "Being able to convert ute in the 84th legislative of converting to a RWA, accomplish many things, would bring down the to the Alliance RWA will session, considering the pros and including allowing it cost of overall future wa- allow us to provide water "Working as a PUA for cons of the move. to partner with entities ter supply for sponsors, t0~ur sponsor in a more last 10 years, there's been "Finally in August, our other than its currentMoore said. HCPU~s main project involves a proposed 42- mile pipeline that could bring water from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Gonzales County to cities along the Intersate 35 corridor. Moore said he doesn't know whether the bill is likely to pass, although he's not aware of any opposition. "We certainly hope for the best and don't think anybody should have any questions or real con- cerns about it, but I'm not going to place odds on whether it'll pass or not," Moore said. Aquifer. As a result of liB 3405, Needmore LLC applied with the BSEACD for a regular production permit of 280 million gallons of water per year from the Trinity. But Senate Bill (SB) 2254, authored by State Sen. Jose Hinojosa (D-McAllen) this year, would remove the Need- more Ranch Municipal Utility District No. 1, which was created in 2013, from the districts. In addition, the bill would give the ranch powers under Chaper 36 of the Texas Water Code to operate as its own groundwater district .... SB 1814, authored by Hinojosa, and HB 4122, authored by State Rep Kyle Kacal (R-College Station), would allow a property owner with more than 1,000 acres of land situated in two ! groundwater conserva- tion districts to petition a transfer into a single district. Meanwhile, HB 4045 would allow a district to issue groundwater permits without notice or opportunity for a hearing to a property owner whose land is greater than 1,000 acres and is in two groundwa- ter districts. Permits that meet such criteria would be authorized production on a per acre basis. All four bills have met resistance from the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA), which opposes the bills. On Tuesday, State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping S, aPrings) said the bills are imed at undoing the protections" in HB 3405. "I'm incredibly disap- pointed that a few of my colleagues are playing games with the citizens of Hays County and attempting to undo the important groundwater protections that were passed last session for their own political gain," Isaac said in a release. John Dupnik, BSEACD general manager, said HB 4045 was of most concern to the district. He said the bill, if passed, could guaran- tee a large landowner a groundwater permit "without the application of science to consider pumping effects." He added it would also eliminate due process for adjacent landown- ers, limiting them from the ability to view the permit or protest if they're affected by it. Dupnik said SB 1814 and HB 4122 were slightly problematic as they could allow a land- owner to "shop around for the best rate deal for him." "It could allow a land owner to look for the district that has the least amount of regulations required of them," Dup- nik said, Brynn Aylor: Community mourns loss Continued from pg. 1A in the wreck and transported to an Austin hospital. Heather Wartenburg was listed in serious condition, while Norah Wartenburg was in stable condition. According to a Texas Department of Public Safety accident report, the incident happened around 4:35 p.m. March 22. A 2009 Ford Mustang, driven by Aylor, was traveling north on FM 2770 "likely at a high rate of speed" when it was passed by a vehicle in a no-passing- zone prior to a curve, according to the report., The Mustang lost control shortl after being passe~, according to the report, While trying to negotiate the curve, the Mustang overcorrected and spun into the path of a 1998 Ford Expedition, driven byWartenburg, who was traveling southbound. The Mustang was struck on the passenger side by the Expedition, according to the report. Both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Hays County Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Scott Cary, who also ordered an autopsy, pronounced Aylor dead at the scene. Many across the Hays CISD community immediately felt the impact of Aylor's death. Tim Savoy, Hays CISD public information officer, sent a letter to Hays High parents March 22 regarding Aylor's passing. In addition, the district sent crisis counselors to Hays High to talk with :students. On March 23, the district released a statement on Facebook mourning Aylor's death. They also said the accident affected the district "in too many ways", as Heather Wartenburg is an active parent in the Hays CISD community, while her daughter is a junior at Hays High ...... Many took to the Hays Free Press Facebook page to express condolences and their grief. Some also expressed concern over the safety of that stretch of FM 2770, which links FM 1626 to Main Street in Buda. In an emailed response, resident Frank Ledesma said he encountered five or six cars driving erratically at a high rate of speed earlier in the month along FM 2770 near Buda. On Friday, the Hays High softball team took the field in its first game following the accident, which resulted in a 6-0 win over the Vandegrift Vipers. All team members did their part to honor the memory of their fallen teammate. '~ lot of us were close to Brynn and we felt we needed to do that as a team," Hays High softball player Illyana Cisneros said. "It really brought us closer together." SB 1814 could require redraw ng election precincts and change appraisal district infor- mation statewide, a cost that could be born by taxpayers and not the landowner, Dupnik said. Dupnik also was concerned about HB 2254 as he said it could "put the brakes" on the BSEACD's process for the Needmore Ranch permit. HB 2254 could create dissonance between groundwater districts and how they manage the aquifer and mitigate the impact to nearby well owners, Dupnik said. 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