Kerr County Conscience is a grassroots organization formed in the summer of 2009 and based in Kerr County, Texas. At that time, two events took place that spurred our civic activism: • A severe drought debilitated Kerr County, and the County experienced the largest failure of private landowners' wells in its history. Both City and County governments proved themselves to be inadequate in their responses to this crisis. • In spite of the fact that the City of Kerrville and Kerr County went on severe water restrictions, developments proposed by local interests, who were a part of what we call the “Kerr Machine” continued to be approved. These unsustainable developments not only involved a criminal waste of our regional water resources, but also flagrantly ignored other important land use processes such as flood plain preservation, safe highway access and egress, protection of scenic views for tourism, and secure solid waste disposal next to the Guadalupe River.We started looking at local developments--both in the past and for the future--more closely, and found that some of the decisions that were being made at the City and County level appeared to be made for the wrong reasons: not because these decisions were in the residents' best interests, or because they were well thought out and carefully considered, but because the developments would benefit a small group of individuals.We noticed that many of the decision-making processes, including appointments of “buddies” and “friends” to city and county boards, only paid lip-service to public involvement. Indeed, an oft-repeated series of events would be that, first, our governments would unilaterally make decisions that would affect private landowners; the public would find out long after the planning and funding were underway; and then the landowner would have to spend hours of their time and many private dollars on attorneys, attempting to protect their property values, or their water.Like practically everyone in our modern world, we at KCC have very busy lives, juggling family, finances, and work. We really didn't have the time to start a new organization--but we felt we had to, that the future of our region was at stake. We also believe that our children and grandchildren deserve to inherit the beauty and grandeur of this wonderful place we live in, Kerr County, Texas.