In 2012, the TBCAC was instrumental in bringing lake residents together to stop a proposed water sale agreement between the SRA-Louisiana and Toledo Bend Partners, L.P., a private Texas water broker. Louisiana SB 436, passed on 05/22/12 requires the SRA-Louisiana to obtain legislative committee and local government approval for out-of-state water sales.
The Sabine River Authority of La. (SRA) Board of Commissioners, at their March 27, 2014 meeting, approved a permit fee increase for annual water withdrawal from the lake. The fee was increased effective July 1, 2014 from $50.00 to $100.00 per year. It is the only permit fee increase for water withdrawal that the SRA has ever enacted. It now matches the annual water withdrawal fee that the SRA of Texas has had in place for several years. Prior to the approval of the permit fee increase, the SRA solicited public comments regarding the proposed increase and only five people responded. TBCAC will continue to follow developments within the SRA and provide information that we obtain to our membership.
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TBCAC was formed in June 2001 to protest the SRA's decision to seek legislation imposing an expensive sewer system on lake residents. The SRA requested legislation, which ultimately became House Bill 1994 of the 2001 session, without any public input and without documentation that Toledo Bend Lake was being polluted. TBCAC worked hard to present accurate information about the sewage issue, brought lake residents together and successfully killed SRA's attempt to impose this sewer system. The TBCAC continued to educate and activate citizens on issues affecting the quality of life in the communities surrounding Toledo Bend Reservoir.
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