POSGCD taking lead in regional water policy

Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors are taking the lead in water policy throughout the six-district Groundwater Management Area 12.

Board members and administrators will try to come up with standards for the myriad rules and regulations as Texas water law develops, becoming more complex with each permit and transport scenario.

As the POSGCD board begins work on it s 2010 version of its management plan, the need for consistency was stressed "so that all sides will under- stand" the rules and the desires of the board, POSGCD Manager Gary Westbrook told the board.

"I want to do this because we have the most at stake," Westbrook said of the board's responsibility over a part of the Carrizo- Wilcox aquifer, which many water entities throughout the state are looking to for future use.

While it may increase administrative work for district employees, board member Robert Ware said, "I'd a lot rather us do it than someone else."

A stakeholder's meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Milano Civic Center for all interested parties. It is a chance for landowners to express concerns to the board.

The board also heard a presentation on a well database from consultant Steve Young of URS on well locations.

Young also told the board it would need to keep an eye on monitoring and "M.A.G.s," or maximum allowable groundwater models.

Acre-feet that are permitted but not pumped could be challenged in court by other water interests, if they are denied permits.

"If you establish a MAG, you must manage to it," Young said, adding that a MAG might be considered a "floor" amount, as opposed to a pumping "ceiling."

That's one issue that could get sticky for property owners, who may be permitted for 1,000 acrefeet, but actually produce only half of that, he said.

POSGCD currently has no MAG scenario.

"These are big issues and there is not a lot of guidance from the Texas Water Development Board," Young told the board.

The board also:

• Entered a settlement with Brazos Valley Septic and Water on an old case.

• Considered a penalty schedule for water violations in the district, with increased fines. Adopting this at one of its next two meetings would keep every single water violation from having to come before the board, Westbrook said.

STAKEHOLDERS' MEETING 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Milano Civic Center. For landowners who would like to comment on POSGCD plans, methods.

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