Group seeks new POSGCD directors, says focus should be water conservation
A group of c oncerned c itizens
are asking the Post Oak Savann
ah Groun dw ater Con servation
District (P OSGCD) to replace up
to si x current direc tors w hos e
terms expire Dec. 31.
POSGCD, made up of Milam
and Burleson counties, has 10
direc tors, five from each count y,
who are appointed by county
A letter was sent to commis- sioners after members of the
Central Texas Aquifer Coalition
was upset no notice was given
in the district's last newsletter
about director positions being
Bill Graham sa id t he coal ition
numbers "at least 20 but less than
100" and is mostly from Milam County. Graham said they are
"act ively recruiting ever y day."
The coalition wants all six expiring directors replaced, including Jim Hodson, Kerry
Starnes and Jay Tumlinson f rom
Milam County, and Lee Alford,
Nathan Ausley and Jay Wilder
from Bu rleson Count y.
Boa rd members are chosen to
represent industrial, municipal
and agricultural interest s, along
with at-large positions.
The coalit ion claimed six points
in their letter to county commissioners:
• Direc tors are not fu l fillin g
t he pu r poses of the water code
that created the districts, "to
conserve, preserve and protect
• The distr ic t ha s "b ec ome a cash cow" for administrators,
attor neys hydrologis ts and water
utilities" yet the "majority of landow
ners have not consented to a ny
withdrawal of their grou ndwater,
nor will they be comp ensated for
their water used by marketers."
• The district has become "a
per mit ting machine."
• The district may face laws
even if "trig ger poi nts" are
• Directors do not listen to
public c oncerns.
• Directors are told what to
do by the general manager and
boar d attorneys.
The "last straw," coa lition organ
izer s say, w as when t he district
newsletter Recharge wa s printed,
it had no mention of director
positions b ei ng available.
Whether they will see any
change remai ns to be seen.
POSGCD Manager Gary Westbrook
said County C ommissioners,
who ma ke direc tor appointments
to the POSGCD board, are
happy with thei r appointments.
He said all directors serving
have expressed an interest in continu
ing to serve. Board members
also say t hey are me et i ng t he ir
state-required m ission and have
"followed state-mandated laws
and guideli nes."
have sought as much as 161,000
acr e-feet of water from t he Carr
izo-Wilcox aquifer from the Post Oak Savannah and Lost
Pi nes Groundwater Conservat ion
Lost Pines GCD Man ager Joe
Cooper stated, "...we won't poss
d ish out t hat much water,"
adding th at the amount "would
take us beyond our limit in 40 to
Groundwater districts have limited
authority to regulate pumping
as Texas is still governed by
a "law of captu re" rules.