More rural directors sought for POSGCD

CAMERON—A crowd of about 50 gathered in the Milam County Farm Bureau meeting room Tuesday, in what was essentially a middle road approach to sometimes controversial water issues.

Bill McCutcheon, former county agent who organized the session, said he wanted to involve more rural residents in issues relating to the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD), specifically its permitting procedure.

McCutcheon noted the district has now been in existence for 10 years. “They’ve come in for some criticism, most of it undeserved,” he said. “But there are some legitimate questions out there.”

McCutcheon said he has specific concerns about drawdown in coming years and decades under Milam County, which is over the shallow end of the Simsboro Aquifer.

“Drawdown is predicted and they’ve been using models to predict it,” he said. “But those are only models and when it starts to happen it’s going to be past the time to do anything about it.”

“ This is going to impact not only rural land owners, but also rural water supply companies and even the City of Rockdale’s water supply,” McCutcheon said.

McCutcheon said he felt more of the POSGCDs directors should be rural residents who rely on water wells. “ Then they’d have more of a stake in what happens,” he said.

“I’m not talking about replacing the appointed board with an elected one,” he added. “I’m talking about getting them on as others are rotated off the board.”

Commissioners courts of Milam and Burleson counties each appoint five members to the POSGCD board.

“The more light we can shed on something and more people know about it the better it will be in the long run,” McCutcheon said.

POSGCD member Jay Tumlinson was present to answer questions. “I’d like to thank Jay for coming out and doing this,” McCutchen said. “He did a great job and we appreciate it.”

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