San Antonio Town Hall Great Success, Austin Town Hall Approaches

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Many thanks to those of you who showed up at the TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall meeting last Monday. Thanks, too, to our panelists, State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, Niniane Tozzi- Policy Analyst for the office of State Representative Joe Farias, and Sunset Advisory Commissioner Lamont Jefferson.

This event was one of 12 town hall meetings hosted around the state to engage and educate Texans about the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Sunset Review process. The Town Hall meeting are designed to ensure that Texans have the opportunity to submit comments about reforms needed to the state agency responsible for their health and environment.

Approximately one hundred attended, and twenty five citizens expressed concerns about a variety of issues, including air quality, quarry regulation, protection of streams, rivers and groundwater, and frustration with a perceived lack of venues for public participation in TCEQ permitting processes. Most said that they support reforms and regulations that take preventative measures to protect their air and water quality and hoped that these might be secured through the Legislature’s “sunset review” of TCEQ.

Those of you to the north will have your opportunity to speak up in Austin on Wednesday November 17th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin campus Map and Directions

Perhaps we will see you there, orat the Sunset Review Commission Hearing at the State Capitol on December 15th. And, if meetings are not your thing, you can always submit your comments via e-mail to: http://www.sunset.state.tx.us/question.htm. We hope that these town halls will show legislators that Texans are making the TCEQ sunset process a priority, and that you will continue to be engaged throughout the legislative session.

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TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting-November 8th, 2010

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Dear GEAA members and friends,

The Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance invites you to join state, local and county elected officials from San Antonio and surrounding communities to recount your experiences with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and to share their suggestions for improving this agency, in light of TCEQ’s upcoming Sunset Review.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting.

Monday, November 8th from 6:00 – 8:30pm

San Antonio Central Library Auditorium
600 Soledad*, San Antonio, Texas

Co-sponsored by Alliance for a Clean Texas, Bexar Audubon Society, Citizens for the Protection of Cibolo Creek, Great Edwards Aquifer Alliance, Helotes Creek Nature Center, Leagues of Women voters of the San Antonio Area and Comal County, Lone Star and Alamo Groups of the Sierra Club, Southwest Workers Union, State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, State Representative David McQuade Leibowitz, and 350SanAntonio.org.

We will follow a citizens to be heard format, allowing six minutes each for presentations from government agencies and citizens groups. Individuals will be accorded three minutes each. Sunset Review Commissioners, State Representatives and Senators in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions and converse with each presenter. We are aware of the breadth of topics that will be covered in this meeting, and are prepared to keep things moving so that all concerns can be heard.

Since this topic is so vital to the quality of life for those of us who live in Central Texas, we hope that you will be available to join in this important conversation. If you have any questions, or if you would like to co-sponsor the event, please contact Lisa Bowers at 210-320-1457 / Lisa@AquiferAlliance.org.

*free parking is provided at the Library garage (entrance on Soledad Street)

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CANCELLED: TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting – September 23, 2010

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing the TCEQ Sunset Review Town Hall Meeting that was scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 23rd.

We hope to reschedule this meeting for sometime later this fall. In the meantime, GEAA staff and others are working to assemble a list of recommendations for TCEQ reforms concerning water issues. If you would like to contribute your ideas, please contact our Executive Director, Annalisa Peace at 210-320-6294 or Annalisa@AquiferAlliance.org.

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