Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Reasons to Vote Prop 1

Top 10 reasons for supporting Proposition 1:

1. The Edwards Aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for 1.7 million South-central Texans today, and will be for a million more citizens within 25 years.

2. If we fail to protect the aquifer and pollute our drinking water, we’ll have to build water-treatment plants that will cost billions of dollars. Talk about squandermania!

3. Proposition 1 has a clear, science-based plan that will be fair and transparent:

· A Scientific Evaluation Team of experts will identify land important to protect based on how much recharge it provides for the aquifer.

· Professional land agents will negotiate buying land or conservation agreements at fair-market prices.

· To make sure the process is fair and impartial, each purchase will be approved first by a community-representative Conservation Advisory Board, then by City Council in a public forum.

4. The Scientific Evaluation Team will identify lands that have the most impact on protecting water quality – the key points of recharge into the aquifer. The issue is not how many acres we protect, but how much recharge we protect.

5. Abundant, high-quality water is essential for the business growth our community needs.

6. Proposition 1 continues a similar effort approved by voters in 2000 that protected nearly 6,500 acres of aquifer-recharge land from development. The $45 million raised by that measure for aquifer protection was spent exactly as voters intended by summer 2004.

7. New state law allows the city to acquire land both inside and outside of Bexar County, so we can now protect land to the west of the city, where 70 percent of the aquifer’s recharge takes place and where land is far more affordable.

8. Edwards Aquifer Authority studies show that when impervious cover exceeds 15 percent, water-quality problems emerge. Attaining that goal is more likely in rural lands to the west, where most of our water comes from.

9. Proposition 1 protects drinking water, natural beauty, habitat for wildlife and our Hill Country heritage. It is our God-given responsibility to protect these precious natural resources for our children and grandchildren.

10. Proposition 1 is supported by a wide variety of groups and individuals – from Dolph Briscoe to the Sierra Club – representing the full spectrum of viewpoints across our city.

UPDATE 5/5/05- 11:54
Here is a great commentary in today's Express News. Go Vote YES on Prop 1!


At 7:39 AM, Blogger Alamo City Commando said...

The City of San Antonio is very irresponsible with the tax money of it’s citizens as witnessed by the current push to spend $22 million on soccer. Just think how much land over the aquifer you could buy with $22 million. I would advise people to vote no on Prop. 1 (and two) and keep your money. The City doesn’t need any more.


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