Groundwater producers, owners calls for common sense groundwater regulation in letter to Texas House members

Publisher’s Note: Webb Melder, former Mayor of Conroe and former President of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, wrote a letter on September 25, 2020, to members of the Texas House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. This article contains an excerpt of part of his letter, which Melder wrote on behalf of the Texas Association […]

Guest Editorial, Former Conroe Mayor, LSGCD Director Webb Melder: Water facts everyone should know

Webb Melder, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer There are some basic facts about why water prices in Montgomery County are so high. Number One. United States District Judge Vanessa Gilmore has ordered an anti-monopoly lawsuit against the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), to proceed in the United States District Court  in Houston. Judge Gilmore noted that […]

BREAKING NEWS! San Jacinto River Authority votes against ending lake lowering through end of construction of Lake Houston Spillway

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, February 26 – On Thursday, February 21, 2020, after almost five hours of citizen comments and somewhat scant Board of Directors discussion, the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to continue temporary lowering of Lake Conroe, even when there are no weather threats and despite […]

Former County Judge Sadler warns of threats to future of Montgomery County in dire speech to Montgomery County Tea Party

Former County Judge Sadler warns of threats to future of Montgomery County in dire speech to Montgomery County Tea Party

Image: Former Montgomery County Judge Alan B. “Barb” Sadler, one of the most revered political leaders in our community, spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party on Monday, November 18, 2019, concerning “Issues and Threats to the Future of Montgomery County.” The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, November 19 – One of the most revered political […]

Water: Identifying the real tragedy

Water: Identifying the real tragedy

Image: Source: Chido Onumah. Montgomery County, July 8 – What is the water problem in Montgomery County? Why are our water bills so high? Why is there so much litigation involving water and government entities involved in water? How does subsidence relate to these issues? The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper finished a […]

Water warfare widens while water witches (SJRA, TWDB) seek to flush LSGCD’s property rights reform efforts, especially after final court ruling against bureaucrats

Water warfare widens while water witches (SJRA, TWDB) seek to flush LSGCD’s property rights reform efforts, especially after final court ruling against bureaucrats

Image: Money-hungry San Jacinto River Authority General Manager Jace Houston and the SJRA Board of Directors are angry as fumaroles that the property rights reform-minded Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors with the help of a Texas Judicial District Court are threatening their monopolistic water sale plans. Conroe, May 23 – On May […]

LSGCD General Manager Jones drags feet, prevents reform-minded Board from taking action

Conroe, November 28 – Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) General Manager Kathy Turner Jones, who vehemently opposed the election of a reform-minded Board of Directors and used LSGCD state government funds to campaign for their opponents, dragged her fee in at least two major respects during the Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Board meeting to […]

Reprinted Guest Editorial: Montgomery County is the Saudi Arabia of Water, but you’d never know it looking at your water bill

Publisher’s Note: Kirk Osborn holds a degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been deeply involved with technological advances in the petroleum industry for more than three decades. The Golden Hammer appreciates this wonderful discussion and illustration Osborne provided after a recent conversation he had with Jim Spigener, one of the […]