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Groundwater Management and Groundwater Districts in Texas. Rima Petrossian, Texas Water Development Board Public Hearing on Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Management Plan Wimberley, Texas June 9, 2005. TWDB 2000 Water Use Survey.

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groundwater management and groundwater districts in texas

Groundwater Management and Groundwater Districts in Texas

Rima Petrossian, Texas Water Development Board

Public Hearing on Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Management Plan

Wimberley, Texas

June 9, 2005

twdb 2000 water use survey
TWDB 2000 Water Use Survey
  • 85 % of Groundwater Produced in Texas From Counties With a Groundwater Conservation District
  • 57 % of Total Land Area of Texas is in a Groundwater Conservation District
water administration the rules
Water Administration:The Rules
  • Chapter 36.0015 says: “Groundwater Conservation Districts created as provided by this chapter are the state’s preferred method of groundwater management.”
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Regional Water

Planning Areas

gwmps must be certified as administratively complete

GWMPs Must Be Certified AsAdministratively Complete

Plans Contain All Required Elements

Address Water Supply Needs in A Manner “Not in Conflict” With Regional Water Plans (reviews by RWPG and TWDB)

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GCD

TWDB

SAO

SW

RWPG

TCEQ

  • GCD Develops MP (coordinates development with SW Entity)
  • Planning group reviews MP for conflicts with RWP (Must consider MP in development of new RWP)
  • TWDB Staff Assists MP Development and Executive Administrator Certifies MP as Administratively Complete
  • SAO Audits District Progress in Achieving District Goals (after one year eligible, possibly within 5 years)
  • TCEQ Reviews Audit (regulatory oversight as needed)
required content in gwmp
Required Content in GWMP
  • Estimates of GW Availability (Total Useable Amount of Groundwater), Historical Groundwater Use and Annual Recharge
  • Discussion of How Recharge Could be Increased
  • Water Supply and Demand Projections
  • Details on District Groundwater Management
  • Actions, Procedures, Performance and Avoidance Necessary to Effectuate Plan Including Proposed District Rules
required content in gwmp10
Required Content in GWMP
  • Management Goals(Seven Categories)
  • Methodology For Tracking Progress (Annual Assessment of Progress Achieving Goals)
  • Management Objectives(Time Based and Quantifiable Actions or Outcomes)
  • Performance Standards(Measure Efficiency and Effectiveness)
required management goals as applicable to the district
Required Management Goals(As Applicable to the District)
  • Providing the Most Efficient Use of Groundwater
  • Controlling and Preventing Waste of Groundwater
  • Controlling and Preventing Subsidence
  • Conjunctive Surface Water Management Issues
  • Natural Resource Issues that Impact the Use and Availability of Groundwater and Which are Impacted by the Use of Groundwater
  • Addressing Drought Conditions
  • Addressing Conservation
what gcds can do
What GCDs Can Do
  • Determine The Best Management Approach For The Aquifer(s)
  • Require Permitting or Registration of Wells
  • Promulgate Rules For The Production, Spacing and Construction of Wells
  • Study the Aquifer(s) and Monitor Changing Conditions
what gcds can t do
What GCDs Can’t Do
  • Adopt Policy Without Public Process
  • Completely Prohibit Export of Groundwater
  • Levy Taxes Without Electoral Approval
  • Apply Excessive Fees