Melder sends angry letter after SJRA files new lawsuit against Conroe, Magnolia, local businesses

Former Conroe Mayor and LSGCD President Webb Melder (left) and State Representative Will Metcalf (right).

Conroe and Magnolia, April 7 – Former Conroe Mayor and Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District President Webb Melder sent a note expressing anger at the San Jacinto River Authority to a group of friends yesterday, Monday, April 6, 2020.

The letter follows in its entirety.


SJRA filed this lawsuit Friday afternoon, March 27th. in MOCO.  The Texas Supreme Court ruled against them 8-0, and they realize they lost in Travis County.  So they come home to go to court.

Please be advised:
On pg. 6, of their court filing / petition, SJRA quotes me from a 2009 statement;……..” This is a countywide problem.  This is not a Woodlands problem, Lake Conroe problem or city of Conroe problem.  We are all rowing the same boat.  To solve it we must work together “.  
Yes, I did say this.  It was very early in the now famous Montgomery County ” water scam ” incestuously orchestrated by two state political entities,…SJRA,  a state agency, and LSGCD, a political subdivision / entity of the state.  They fail to tell you I have publicly fought against them for 10 + yrs.
What SJRA does NOT tell you is on July 25, 2015, at the Capitol, I am on record with my testimony to the Senate Ag, Water and  Rural Affairs Committee ;…..” Unfortunately, the greatest mistake I made as Mayor is I trusted two state agencies; the SJRA and the LSGCD.   I did not expect two state agencies to lie to me “.  
 SJRA does NOT tell you they were part of the previous ” appointed ” LSGCD board, and share the responsibility of the illegal ” forced ” groundwater pumpage reduction rule that gave birth to the GRP contract scheme.   
SJRA FAILS to tell you they have multiple suits filed against them, including a GRP contract price differential suit, a suit for Fraud,… and a Federal Anti-Trust suit.
SJRA also FAILS to tell you LSGCD’s ” forced ” groundwater pumpage reduction rule was declared illegal by state Judge McCorkle as ” being illegal from day one “.   They FAIL to tell you SJRA and LSGCD failed twice in their combined legislative efforts to get statute authority for their GRP contracts.
SJRA FAILS to tell you their G.M., Jace Houston, is quoted on public record, saying ” groundwater belongs to no one “.   Yet for over 100 years the Texas Supreme Court has repeatedly said, ” groundwater is private property, it belongs to the landowner unless previously severed ” ; and groundwater  is legislatively declared and defined as private property.
SJRA and their G.M. continuously fail to tell you the Truth.  They continue to showcase their arrogance by repeatedly ” spinning the media “, and omitting ALL the truthful facts in their court filings.  It’s past time SJRA and their G.M. Jace Houston went away.  
Webb Melder 
Former Mayor – Conroe



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