Volente e-News
Edited by Lonnie Moore
National Night Out; LCRA & Drought; Leander's Sewage; Travis County Survey October 04, 2009
REMINDER -
 
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
Tuesday October 6th
Volente Fire Hall
6:30 to 8:30 PM

Improve safety of area,
have fun with the neighbors,
and build community!
 2009 National Night Out Logo
LCRA NOTIFIES IRRIGATION CUSTOMERS: WATER COULD BE CUT BACK SIGNIFICANTLY NEXT YEAR 
 
Sept. 30, 2009 AUSTIN - LCRA officials are meeting with agricultural irrigation customers in Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties to inform them that, due to exceptional drought conditions, water for agricultural irrigation may be severely limited next year.
"The lower Colorado River basin, including the Gulf Coast region, is experiencing a serious drought, which has caused water reservoirs to drop to less than 40 percent of capacity," said Kyle Jensen, LCRA manager of river operations. 
READ ENTIRE LCRA PRESS RELEASE HERE

LEANDER FILES TCEQ PETITION TO DISCHARGE SEWAGE EFFLUENT INTO LAKE TRAVIS

The cities of Leander and Granite Shoals filed a Petition for Rulemaking at TCEQ (copy HERE) that would do away with the current restrictions preventing discharges of sewage effluent into Lake Travis and the other Highland Lakes. Leander wants to build a new wastewater plant that would discharge into a creek that flows into the Sandy Creek arm of Lake Travis, which should be of special interest to Volente.
Granite Shoals would dump into Lake LBJ which, during normal flow years, would result in the effects of their discharge also reaching Lake Travis where water (and contaminants) get stored.
Even worse, the petition does not seek special permission for limited situations, but rather asks for an entire repeal of the rules which protect the Highland Lakes, allowing sewage effluent discharge into the lakes by any number of existing and future operators. Because this threat is imminent and so important, more detailed information will be coming directly from the Protect Lake Travis Association via their new electronic newsletter rather than the Volente e-News. Subscribers to the e-News will automatically receive this information, but can elect to opt-out at any time.

from: TRAVIS COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES & VETERANS SERVICE:  2009 STRATEGIC PLANNING SURVEY
 
The Travis County Health and Human Services & Veterans Service Department is engaging in a strategic planning process to help us continue to improve our programs and services and best serve the community.  To better inform this work, we want to hear from community members.  How do you think we're doing?  What suggestions do you have for us?  This information will be used to guide our efforts toward improving our programs, services, and processes.
 
The survey should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  We welcome any feedback so please feel free to share this survey with others.  Please follow this link to begin our brief survey:  

Thank you for your time and input.
 
~ Courtney Lucas, Planner, Research and Planning Division ~ Travis County Health and Human Services