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COASTAL BEND SIERRA CLUB April 2010 Meeting Minutes
The Coastal Bend Sierra Club (CBSC) met on Tuesday, April 6 from 11:30 am until 1:05 pm at the Central Library, 805 Comanche Street. Chairperson Pat Suter welcomed members, reminded them that meeting minutes are posted on the CBSC website, and asked treasurer Teresa Carrillo for her report.
Teresa noted that the CD investments continue to accrue interest and two of them will mature in June. She also reported that a payment has been made to Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) for an Earth Day/Bay Day sponsorship fee. She stated that contributions from members to help pay additional expenses of $545 for the ED/BD bicycle ride sponsorship would be welcome to help replenish the checking account, which will contain less than $200 after these expenses are paid.
Teresa Carrillo and Hal Suter will be in Austin on April 10 for the Lone Star Executive Committee (ExCom) meeting. Teresa was responsible for working with Lone Star staff to plan the annual awards banquet, which will be held that evening. She encouraged members to attend, and stated that information was available athttp://tinyurl.com/ygwktn2. This sites link "2009 Award Winners" has a photo slide show featuring this years award winners, which include two Coastal Bend Sierra members.
Hal, Lone Star Sierra chairperson, reported that the ExCom agenda includes discussion of the recent recommendation by the SOAH judges that TCEQ not issue the Las Brisas permit as it now stands. Another topic on the agenda will be discussion of Lone Star Sierras joining Apolloan alliance of business, labor union, faith-based, and environmental groupswhich will work toward creating green jobs. Texas may soon become the first southern state to join Apollo.
Venice Scheurich reported that the Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District (GCGCD) is in the final phase of preparation for the contested case hearing asking that the Uranium Energy Corporation (UEC) permit application to mine uranium in Goliad County be denied. The State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) judge will hold a pre-hearing conference in Austin on April 30 prior to the May 3 opening of the hearing.
Mina Williams reported that Dr. Donna Shaver, Division Head of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at PAIS, gave an April 3 public presentation on the thirty-year effort to save the most critically endangered Kemps ridley sea turtle from extinction. The presentation included the history of the program to establish a viable nesting ground for them at PAIS as well as some current data and program status. Mina reported that a large and enthusiastic audience received information on how they may be helpful during this years nesting season, which has begun.
Joyce Jarmon and Edith Cosgrove continue to serve on this areas industrial and health committees. Joyce reported that area air monitors indicated consistently higher than normal releases of benzene in February, but that none was over 4 ppb. The committee will soon make a presentation to Federal Judge Janis Graham Jack regarding performance of the University of Texas monitors, which were put in place as a result of one of her rulings several years ago. Refineries must report each month and, in general, benzene emissions have decreased since the monitors have been in place.
Shelley Fox, with the assistance of Pat, Lois Huff, and Teresa, is spearheading plans for an April 17 bike ride, which will begin at 8:30 am at Texas A&M University (first red light at entrance) and culminate at the CBSC Earth Day/Bay Day booth at Cole Park about 10:00 am. Water will be provided at a half-way point, and the first 100 participants will receive sweat bands and water bottles. Shelley anticipates many riders and is continuing to publicize the event on campus and in the wider community.
Teresa Carrillo, the environmental representative on the Region N Water Planning Group, informed members that the groups draft of their five-year plan is open for public comment. It can be found at the Nueces River Authority website athttp://www.nueces-ra.org/CP/RWPG/ipp_2011/
Interested citizens may attend a meeting to hear a discussion of the plan on Thursday, April 8, 1:30 pm. The meeting will be at the Johnny Calderon Building auditorium at 710 E. Main Street in Robstown.
CBSC members are needed to work at our Earth Day/Bay Day booth between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Event organizers are requesting that exhibits not be removed before 5:00 pm this year. Members agreed to bring books with an environmental theme to sell at our exhibit table. Also, if they have plants to contribute, we will sell those at our booth. Some of the exhibits will include nature magazines and materials publicizing CBSCs participation in the sea turtle recovery program and groundwater protection efforts.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich, April 7, 2010
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