- This week, our legal team discovered that the City of Blanco wastewater discharge permit has been remanded – that means it is removed from the court’s docket and the draft permit will be sent back to TCEQ for changes! The City’s filing indicated they plan to make changes to the permit request that may include issuing new notice and starting the TCEQ permit process over again. This potentially opens up another round of public comments and opportunities to refine the permit details to be more protective of water quality.
- In recent months, the City replaced its previous legal counsel and its prior waste water engineering firm. We are hopeful this change signals a shift towards a better direction for the City’s wastewater future.
- The City FINALLY allowed two POB Board Members to tour the water treatment facility. POB has asked that a second tour be scheduled for our consultants to have a firsthand view.
- The Engineering Firm that POB retained has identified millions of dollars in unfunded infrastructure that the City would need in order to utilize its current Wastewater Treatment Center outside the current City Limits. This adds a very strong incentive for the City to give real consideration to the alternatives we are proposing.
- The City has not discharged wastewater into the Blanco in over seven months, and the river is clearing up and algae-free!
CALL TO ACTION!
Please contact the Blanco City Council members and ask them to work with POB and other affected parties before amending the permit application to agree to:
- Eliminate the possibility of discharge in to the Blanco River forever by adopting a Texas Land Application Permit and reuse permit (TLAP);
- Lower the overall permit capacity to an amount based on reasonable growth projections and land available for irrigation; and
- Appoint a One Water Planning task force to create a sustainable land use, water and wastewater plan for the future of the City of Blanco.
POB continues to test water quality monthly. These reports can be utilized for our negotiations and planning efforts, and if it becomes necessary, a Contested Case Hearing or any other lawsuit.
As you can imagine, the cost of consultants and testing are substantial and we are asking that all of our members make a tax deductible donation. If you prefer to send a check, it should be made payable to Protect our Blanco and sent to P O Box 520, Blanco, Texas 78606. If you have friends and neighbors who care and who can help us financially, please ask them to join this fight.
Check WVWA’s Protect Our Blanco page for the latest info, links, and archived news.
[Editor’s note: This article has been updated with further Protect Our Blanco Board and Blanco City Council information.]