Dear fellow Environmental Conservationists,
I am running for Hay County Commissioner Pct. 3, with the determination and passion to acquire more land and conservation easements for better storm water management and flood mitigation as well as better water quality and protection of private wells. I also have my attention focused on our regional transportation master plan knowing that land use, transportation, air and water quality are all directly interconnected. I am writing to you as a fellow environmentalist to ask if you might consider endorsing me.
During my six-year tenure on the San Marcos City Council, I was able to increase green space land acquisitions in the Edwards Aquifer recharge and transition zones by well over 1,000 acres. Some of these tracts were acquired by working with the San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF) and the Trust for Public Land with unique low-interest funding from the Texas Water Development Board, the first loans like these in Texas. The tracts were part of an effort to create a ring of green space around the city for recreation and trails, flood mitigation, and to ensure less development in floodplains or on sensitive Edwards Aquifer recharge features.
During my tenure, our City received a TCEQ Award of Excellence for our stormwater master plan after a complete overhaul of our environmental code which reduced impervious cover in developments, increased the capture of total suspended solids, included water quality protection zones, stream buffers, watershed-specific water quality regulations, comprehensive floodplain regulations, incorporation of 3-D, “no-rise” models, the inclusion of low impact developments as well as multiple capital drainage improvements
The land, water and wildlife of western Hays County is more unique, vulnerable, and threatened than any in Texas and perhaps the nation. We need a county commissioner who is committed to saving these precious resources, steering the bulk of our growth away from the aquifer. Taking this approach will not only save what is essential for our water supply, but will also save tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars in county infrastructure costs while preventing the devastation we know too well that comes with flooding.
I have lived in the Hill Country for 25 years, it is my home and I strive every day to be the best environmental steward that my position allows for to protect our rivers, our aquifer, and our way of life for future generations. I would be honored to have your support and promise you, I will continue to put our environment first in every decision I make and every vote I cast, and that I will take any opportunity to continue my work on land conservation.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Candidate for Hays County Commissioner Pct.3