Water district eyes Brazos River Authority plans

Bra zos R iver Aut hor it y is another entity interested in area groundwater supplies as part of its long-range planning, Post Oak Savannah Ground Water District (POSGCD) directors heard Monday in a regular meeting.

POSGCD Manager Gary Westbrook recently held an annual meeting with Brazos officials, as required by law, and discussed cooperation between the two entities to manage ground water supplies.

Westbrook said an agreement with the district for groundwater, not specified as yet, would allow the River Authority to be less reliant on surface water supplies.

Brazos River Authority, the LCR A and other entities have expressed desires to use water from the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer for future needs.

The board also heard from hydrologist Steve Young of URS Corporation in Austin, who will look at "water budgets," or how much will be drawn from the area by various entities. The model will help guide the district in its planning, Westbrook said.

The board also passed a resolution for Blue Water Systems needed for that company's financing plans to construct a pipeline to metropolitan areas west of the district.

The resolution states that the board suppor ts Blue Water's plans as long as the company is current with its fees.

The board also:

• Agreed to move investment funds from the TexPool to Citizens National Bank to take advantage of higher interest rates.

• Gave a waiver to board member Jay Wilder for the state's use of water on a highway construction project near his property. Wilder will not sell the water, but wanted to make sure there was no conflict of interest.

• Agreed to come up with a schedule of standard fines so cases will not have to be considered individually.

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