West Austin Neighborhood Group

Preserving and Protecting West Austin

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    Who We Are

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG) is a non-profit organization of residents with the shared goal of preserving West Austin and protecting it from deterioration. WANG is concerned with community development, ecology, safety, and any other matters that indirectly and directly affect the quality and character of the neighborhood and the City of Austin.

    WANG Meetings

    The West Austin Neighborhood Group will meet virtually on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 6:30 PM via Zoom Videoconference. All neighbors are invited to attend. Please register in advance for this meeting using the following link:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdOisrz0oEtB0lxkeOoZbrV4rXMEpPkve

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Contact WANG:

    Let us know about neighborhood issues and concerns! You can reach us at

    Neighborhood May 1st Ballot Proposition Information Forum:

    If you were unable to attend Sunday April 18th’s virtual meeting, you can watch the video here:

    Neighborhood Proposition Forum

    Please VOTE!! 

    Thank you to all our area Neighborhood Associations for hosting this virtual forum on Zoom. Speakers addressed each of the eight propositions on the ballot and answer pre-submitted questions.

    Neighbors from Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA), Highland Park West / Balcones Area Neighborhood Association (HPWBANA), Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA), West Austin Neighborhood Group (WANG), Shepherd Mountain Neighborhood Association (SMNA), Jester HOA, and others

    A brief description of each of the propositions can be found on this City of Austin web page: https://www.austintexas.gov/news/council-orders-elections-eight-propositions-may-1-2021

    Write & Call Today to Protect Barton Creek from Treated Sewage

    Public Meeting & Comment Deadline this Tuesday on proposal to discharge treated sewage into Long Branch, a tributary of Barton Creek.

    As many of you know, last month, TCEQ issued a draft permit to a Houston-based developer to dump up to 45,000 gallons per day of wastewater into the Long Branch tributary of Barton Creek. A new sewage plant would be built near the intersection of US Highway 290 and Sawyer Ranch Road, discharging into Long Branch, a tributary of Barton Creek upstream of Austin.  That means upstream of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Edwards Aquifer, and Barton Springs. You can read more about the project & how to get involved here.

    Here’s what you can do to make sure nobody ever gets a pass to pollute Barton Creek:

    1. Submit comments electronically telling TCEQ you oppose Permit No. WQ0015594001. Do this  any  time until 8:30 pm this Tuesday (Apr. 20).  We’ve included some talking points for inspiration below.
    2. Attend TCEQ’s online official Public Meeting about the draft permit on Tues, Apr. 20 at 7 pm. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide formal comments orally.
    3. To stop future discharge permits, support the Pristine Streams Bills, SB 1747 & HB 4146. Call the Clerk of the Senate Committee on Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Lauren Murray, at (512) 463-0340 and ask her to set a hearing on SB 1747 ASAP. To see why we love these bills, check out the comments from Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance here and the Devils River Conservancy here.

    Thanks to the many folks who have already stepped up by submitting comments to TCEQ.  You can see all 300+ public comments submitted in opposition to the permit here: https://www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eCID/.  {Enter WQ0015594001 into “TCEQ ID number,” and click both the boxes in “Step Three”}

    Working together, we can stop this noxious practice and preserve our Hill Country creeks!

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    Suggested Talking Points:

    I oppose the draft permit (No. WQ0015594001) that would allow wastewater discharge into Long Branch Tributary of Barton Creek and urge TCEQ to deny this permit.

    The proposed discharge would convert Long Branch, a clear, swimmable creek, into a wastewater-dominated conduit of pollution into Barton Creek.

    The health of recreational users of Long Branch and Barton Creek could be threatened by elevated bacteria, algal blooms, and pharmaceuticals and personal care products.

    The effluent threatens the sensitive aquatic species that have adapted to high-quality waters, including the federally endangered Barton Springs Salamander and Austin Blind Salamander.

    The proposed discharge will degrade the water quality of our two major aquifers, the Edwards and the Trinity and thousands of well-owners and residents who rely on them for their drinking water.

    TCEQ failed to model or analyze the effects of the proposed discharge on the receiving creeks, repeating the same mistakes that a Travis County District Court found unlawful in last year’s decision overturning the Dripping Springs discharge permit into Onion Creek.

    CodeNext ACTION ALERT:

    House Committee Hearing Bill This Tuesday to Take Away Your Protest Rights

    The City of Austin bailout bill, HB 2989, is being heard this Tuesday April 13 before the House Land and Resource Management Committee. Please call or sign up against this bill.  Get your friends and neighbors too as well. 

    HB 2989 would allow the City of Austin to overturn last year’s court decision and decimate your property rights. City Hall could move forward on its controversial CodeNEXT rezoning plan without providing property owners notice of proposed zoning changes or protest rights in most situations.

    Here is what you can do before Tuesday: Call now the offices of the two key committee members, Committee Chair Joe Deshotel and Vice-Chair Ben Leman, and tell them you oppose HB 2989 and explain very briefly why. We recommend Democrats call Chair Deshotel (D-Beaumont) (512-463-0662) and Republicans call Vice-Chair Ben Leman (R-Brenham) (512-463-0600).

    You may also submit public comments on HB 2989 online at the following link before the committee meeting starts: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home

    Here is what you can do this Tuesday: Go to the Capitol early and sign up inside at a testimony kiosk in opposition to HB 2989. Testimony is limited but signing in in opposition is very effective. You can then leave and not wait for the hearing to start, which could start any time from 8 am till late in the evening. (You must wear a mask, enter on the north end of the Capitol and have a rapid test on site or provide proof of vaccination.)

    Below are talking points on what will happen if state lawmakers pass HB 2989:

    • The City of Austin and other municipalities will be allowed to rezone all of a community’s residential and commercial properties without providing owners with notice or giving them an opportunity to file protest petitions
    • The City of Austin and other municipalities will be allowed to change the definition of single-family zoning to include 4-6 units on every single-family lot, without providing property owners with notice
    • Property taxes will skyrocket, Austin’s affordability crisis will worsen, and more low- and middle-income families will be displaced from Austin!

    COVID-19 Information

    For health information and the latest orders concerning COVID-19 please visit the City’s website: https://www.austintexas.gov/covid19

    WANG Newsletter:

    Sign up to receive our E-Newsletter! Please send an email to

    Latest Issue: WANG February 2021 E-Newsletter

    Save Muny Update:

    The Save Historic Muny District has a new website. Please visit www.savehistoricmunydistrict.org to read how you can support the preservation of the historic Lions Municipal Golf Course!

    The Muny Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is raising funds for the purchase, preservation and restoration of Lions Municipal Golf Course.

    Visit www.savemuny.com to see how Muny can be saved for all of Austin (golfers and non golfers alike!) to enjoy, forever.

     

    Comments? Complaints? Input?

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