Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When the levee breaks…

Oh wait, your congresswoman just wants to get rid of them all together.

Either way, remember this –

Crippled Houston watches dams, levees; forecast offers hope

A pair of 70-year-old reservoir dams that protect downtown Houston and a levee in a suburban subdivision began overflowing Tuesday, adding to the rising floodwaters from Harvey that have crippled the area after five consecutive days of rain that set a new continental U.S. record for rainfall for a tropical system.

Brazoria County authorities posted a message on Twitter warning that the levee at Columbia Lakes south of Houston had been breached and telling people to "GET OUT NOW!!" Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said residents were warned that the levee would be overtopped at some point, and a mandatory evacuation order was given Sunday.

Engineers began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs Monday to ease the strain on the dams. But the releases were not enough to relieve the pressure after one of the heaviest downpours in U.S. history, Army Corps of Engineers officials said. Both reservoirs are at record highs.

The release of the water means that more homes and streets will flood, and some homes will be inundated for up to a month, said Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District.

The county is trying to determine where the water will go, Lindner said.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thanks, Dear Reader. Keep up the fight.



A little blog named The Star Telegraph covered this topic first on February 22, 2015 and in doing so scooped some of the largest newspapers in the U.S.  

Congratulations Star Telegraph!  This just proves that publishing the facts is what constitutes good journalism; not huge subscriber numbers.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The rest of story...

Letters to the Editor in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram regarding Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger's refusal to conduct town hall meetings...

Kay Granger and town halls

I am the “man at the wedding” referred to in your Sunday (July 16) article in which Congresswoman Kay Granger stated she refuses to conduct town hall meetings.

At no time during our brief conversation did I scream at Ms. Granger. I did, as the article correctly states, ask her when she would conduct a town hall meeting.

Two things are clear: Granger represents only the constituents who voted for her. Second, she is using a recent wedding encounter in an attempt to excuse years of neglecting her constituents’ concerns and opinions.

LARRY HALE, FORT WORTH

I was at that wedding. The man Granger refers to is a friend of mine. In fact, we were sitting at the same table. He did indeed ask her why she didn’t have a town hall. He asked bluntly but civilly. She said it was too dangerous and reprimanded him for challenging her. Her overreaction was so extreme I was embarrassed for her.

I do not know the source of Kay’s fear of her own constituents. Perhaps it’s because she has voted for every gun bill that’s come down the pike, given she pays more attention to the demands of the NRA than to the people she represents. So now she’s afraid everyone will be packing a gun?

Kay, you were once a woman of valor. What has happened to you? You chose to be a public servant. If you are too afraid of your own constituents, either grow a spine or get a new job.

KATIE SHERROD, FORT WORTH

I understand why Kay Granger might choose to take the position that it is in the best interests of the health of Granger herself and of her constituents that she not hold town meetings to hear the opinions of her constituents on such matters as health care. But does she understand that her support of the Republican “health care” bill is dangerous to the health of those constituents with whom she is refusing to meet?

JACK ELLIS, BURLESON

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fort Worth wants to know...


Do YOU flood?

Oh great, another 'study'.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

What do half a million Dallas dollars buy you in Fort Worth?

Three more "YES" votes with no questions.

You can kiss your water goodbye Fort Worth.

You were just sold down the river.

Congrats Mary Kelleher For Four Years Of Being An Honest Fort Worth Public Servant

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Vote - Saturday


PLEASE VOTE FOR

MARY KELLEHER
&
ANDRA BEATTY

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Another Woodard says....

Wake up, Fort Worth!

Water Board election: Blake Woodard's letter to voters

April 29, 2017

Breaking News: Cities of Fort Worth and Dallas merge pension plans

Fellow Tarrant Regional Water District voter:

I’m only joking about Fort Worth’s pension plan. Of course, no sane Fort Worth leader would recommend merging our city’s retirement plan with Dallas’ ailing pension plan. However, our Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) leaders are physically merging TRWD’s precious lakes with Dallas’ water system with a $2.3 billion pipeline called the Integrated Pipeline (IPL).

Which is more important: Fort Worth’s pension plan or Fort Worth’s water?

You may have received a mailer from Mike Moncrief or read a Star-Telegram editorial written by retiring TRWD president Vic Henderson about the importance of local control of Fort Worth water. Henderson and Moncrief imply that if you re-elect our independent candidate, TRWD director Mary Kelleher, Fort Worth’s water will be taken over by Monty Bennett, who donated to Mary’s campaign.

Bennett, whose company owns the Ashton and Hilton Hotels in downtown Fort Worth, lives in east Texas and has sued the TRWD over its use of eminent domain to build Dallas’ portion of the IPL across his land. That’s right: Our TRWD Board is wasting millions of taxpayer dollars in a lawsuit over their construction of Dallas’ sections of the IPL.

And where does that litigated Dallas portion of the IPL go? It goes to Lake Palestine, a lake so distant that even TRWD engineers stated in a disturbing 2012 “Water Sharing Plan” for Fort Worth and Dallas that there is “little to no benefit . . . for TRWD to pump water from Lake Palestine.” Access to Lake Palestine was the box of beads Dallas gave TRWD for access to Fort Worth’s prize lakes.

The irony is that it is the other TRWD directors, not Mary, who relentlessly have pursued a water sharing plan with Dallas. That explains why numerous Dallas billionaires and millionaires have donated vast sums to TRWD board candidates (other than Mary) these past two election cycles.

Big D has big water problems. During the 2013-2014 drought, their water levels were much worse than ours, and Lake Palestine, their remote southeastern lake, has no pipeline connecting it to Dallas’ other lakes. Building a 50-mile pipeline is costly, as is the energy to pump water uphill to Dallas’ higher-elevation northern lakes.

TRWD has no such problems. It has two pipelines connecting its prized Cedar Creek and Richland Chambers reservoirs to Lake Benbrook, and these lakes require much less energy to pump water to Fort Worth or Dallas than would Lake Palestine.

The IPL increases TRWD’s pipeline redundancy but isn’t a significant source of new water for Fort Worth, as it adds no new Fort Worth lakes. Meanwhile, the IPL gives Dallas a connection to Lake Palestine and its first siphon into our lakes, creating the possibility that someday Fort Worth will be fighting Dallas for water.

Do you want Dallas to use Fort Worth’s water during droughts? The IPL makes the unimaginable possible: Once the TRWD and Dallas lakes are connected, we are but one legislative session away from a de facto merger of the two water districts.

As TRWD voters, we already have no input into our local water policy. We are told when to water our yards and what kind of toilets to sit on. How much say will we have with a DFW Water District?

It’s no surprise that when I wrote a letter like this two years ago the only hate mail I received came from Dallas. Stop by my office, and I’ll show it to you. Dallas desperately needs the IPL. Fort Worth doesn’t.

So if the other four TRWD directors are the ones helping Dallas tap into our lakes, why are Henderson and Moncrief telling us that re-electing Mary Kelleher will jeopardize control of Fort Worth’s water? Of course it’s a nonsensical statement, as Mary is but one of five directors. The other four still can win every vote 4-1. When the expensive mailers hit your mailbox, let logic guide your reading.

I think Henderson and Moncrief are telling you that Mary is a threat to Fort Worth water, because they can’t stand having an outsider in their exclusive club. Mary Kelleher is your candidate. She is our only sunlight on a shadowy government body with a long history of backroom, good-ol’ boy behavior. Let me be clear that I am not speaking of the dedicated TRWD employees who operate the lakes and pipelines and take care of the district’s daily business.

You may be familiar with some of the legendary TRWD management shenanigans, which are beyond the scope of this letter. The local media cannot keep an eye on these guys constantly. Mary Kelleher’s eyes are your eyes. Mary is you.

If we fail to re-elect Mary, we have lost our seat at the table of a Board whose other four directors all are recruited by the same people, funded by the same people, and influenced by the same people. The only way we can retain one seat at the table is if we vote in droves this TRWD election. The special interests will vote. Will you?

Combine the gerrymandered TRWD boundaries, which deny many TRWD customers a vote, with the 1960s-era at-large voting and a small turnout for a sleepy Water District race, and the special interests who profit from TRWD’s lucrative contracts easily can win an election with just their family, friends, and a few thousand mysterious mail-in ballots. (By the way, if you received a mail-in ballot that you did not request, please e-mail me.)

Everyone benefits from having one independent citizen at the TRWD Board table asking the tough questions the others may be too conflicted to ask. 4-1 is much better for Fort Worth than 5-0.

Let’s put Fort Worth first and turn out by the thousands in this year’s TRWD Board election on Saturday, May 6.

You get three votes: Please vote for Mary Kelleher and then discard your other two votes.

Sincerely,
Blake Woodard

P.S. This letter is going to a limited number of voters, so please e-mail me at blake@woodardcompanies.com for a PDF you can send your friends or post on social media.

(Blake Woodard is a Fort Worth insurance executive and serves as treasurer for incumbent water board member Mary Kelleher's re-election campaign.)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dallas Money Flooding TRWD Race

And it is not the alleged Dallas boogyman, Monty Bennett, whose Dallas money flooding the TRWD race we are talking about---

Shocking TRWD Board Election Campaign Finance Reports

Thursday, April 13, 2017

YOU are invited

There is a toxic wastewater injection well proposed to go in right next to Lake Arlington with no public hearing.

This is the drinking water for half a million people.

This forum will be the only chance to raise our concerns in front of the Railroad Commission.

Please attend this forum being organized for the community by Rep. Nicole Collier.

Learn more about the plan to put an injection well for toxic gas drilling waste right by Lake Arlington at SAVE LAKE ARLINGTON.