Here is the latest FBR news:
1. All FBR witnesses have submitted detailed written testimony in our Contested Case hearing on the Brazos River Authority’s water right permit application. The hearing will be in 5/2011. There’s still hope for a favorable settlement, but we are prepared to appeal to the Texas Supreme Court if TCEQ rules in BRA’s favor. This is a precedent setting permit as it will cede ALL Brazos water rights to BRA.
2. FBR hired Dr. Iris Broyles as a part-time staffer. Iris is secretary of Chalk Mountain Wildlife Management Association (CMWMA), associate professor, former science teacher, and current Glen Rose resident. Iris has begun work on updating the FBR database, working on the extension of the John Graves Scenic Riverway into Hood and Somervell Counties, increasing membership and community awareness of FBR and evaluating our website. Iris is doing a great job so far and we’re excited to have her on the FBR team.
3. Our Fall Fundraiser was a huge success despite the big rain storm. FBR volunteers worked with Grand Rental Station to put up the big tent at the eleventh hour to make the event possible. Mary Jo Stearns along with her team of volunteers made the 2010 Silent Auction the most successful to date raising $6000. Ticket sales and donations raised an additional $9250. Special thanks to Mary Lee Lilly, Bridges and Sophia Hague for hosting. We simply couldn’t have this event without their hard work and generosity. Special thanks also to Mary Jo and her volunteers Dr. Iris Broyles, Millie Gray and Cassie Peterson; John and Nancy McLane for tables, chairs and table centerpieces, and Celebration Restaurant volunteer staff for great food and service. Special thanks also to all auction donors. Please support these donors. A list of auction donors can be found at www.friendsofthebrazos.org.
4. Our 8Th Annual Brazos River Clean-up will be on 4/2/2011. Please come out even if you only have an hour or two and don’t want to canoe. See attachment for details. Please let me know if you are aware of Brazos or Paluxy crossings that need to be cleaned.
5 In addition to seeking passage of the John Graves Scenic Riverway into Hood and Somervell Counties. FBR is working with Glen Rose CVB, city of Glen Rose, Somervell County, TXDOT and TPWD to establish the first and only public access point to the Brazos in the Glen Rose area along with a TPWD Paddling Trail.
6. I have been appointed to the Brazos Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee(BBASC) along with 24 other folks representing a variety of interests and regions in the Brazos watershed to make recommendations to TCEQ about instream flows in the Brazos. Our first task is to nominate a group of scientists (BBEST) to study the Brazos Basin. This process was mandated by Texas Senate Bill 3 to study the environmental flows in all major Texas rivers. I’m honored to have been nominated and selected and am hopeful that our findings and recommendations will help preserve and protect the Brazos for present and future generations.
On 2/25/2011, our group selected a 9 member science team (BBEST).
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