Serving as a Rookie Water Board Member?. D. Lynn Tate, President High Plains Water District. Created as an alternative to state control of groundwater. First groundwater conservation district formed in Texas following passage of Groundwater Conservation Districts Act of 1949.
D. Lynn Tate,
High Plains Water District
First groundwater conservation district formed in Texas following passage of Groundwater Conservation Districts Act of 1949.
Created September 29, 1951 by voters and Texas legislature as a political subdivision of the State of Texas. (61 years of service)
Enabling legislation & Chapter 36 of Tex. Water Code Ann. charges the district to “conserve, preserve, and protect the underground waters” in a 16-county service area.
Funded by ad valorem taxes
$ 0.00754 per $100 valuation
($7.54 / year per $100,000)
“Texas does not have enough existing water supplies today to meet the demand for water during times of drought.”
-- 2012 State Water Plan
conservation districts as “preferred method
of groundwater management” in Texas.
- 18 million acre-feet in 2000 to 22 million acre-feet in 2060.
10% between 2000-2060
- 17 million acre-feet in 2000 to 15.3 million acre-feet in 2060.
30% between 2010-2060.
Jan. 1, 2060.
Amends Tex. Water Code to provide that landowner owns the groundwater below the land surface as real property.
Landowners are entitled to drill for and produce groundwater from beneath their property (without causing waste or malicious drainage)—but would not be entitled to a right to capture a specific amount of water.
These rights and interests can be limited by a groundwater conservation district’s rules—including allocation of a proportionate share of groundwater for production based upon the number of acres owned by the landowner.
Source: Legislative Budget Board Fiscal Note