The Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District is hosting its 16th annual Bell County Water Symposium. This year’s event will be held November 16, 2016 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Texas A&M Central Texas Campus in Killeen located at 1901 S. Clear Creek Rd. Co-sponsors include Texas Well Owner Network; Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys at Law; HALFF Associates; LBG-Guyton & Associates, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Bell County Engineer’s Office and Baylor University, Department of Geology.
This year’s theme is: “ASR a Reality for The Future Growth and Needs of Central Texas?”
CLEARWATER UNDERGROUND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED DESIRED FUTURE CONDITIONS – MAY 11, 2016
The Board of Directors of the Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District (“CUWCD”) will hold a public hearing and accept public comment on the proposed Desired Future Conditions (“DFCs”) for the Edwards BFZ Aquifer and the Trinity Aquifer in Bell County Texas, in accordance with Section 36.108(d-2) of the Texas Water Code. The purpose of the hearing is to provide interested members of the public the opportunity to appear and provide comments to the CUWCD related to the proposed DFCs.
The Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District received public input on March 9, 2016 and after deliberation amended the district rules per the proposed amendments with the intention to implement changes to statutory law enacted in 2015 by the 84th Texas Legislature. These amendments address matters including:
After the designation of the Salado Springs complex as critical habitat for the Salado Salamander, a research permit was required to conduct tracer tests and install piezometers to study groundwater flow patterns in the complex. Ms. Stephanie Wong, a graduate student at Baylor University, spearheaded the permit application process on behalf of CUWCD, and a five-year research permit was awarded to CUWCD in February 2015.
The District’s staff has completed the renewal of the required management plan. Our management plan satisfies the requirements of SB 1, SB 2, HB 1763, the statutory requirements of Texas Water Code (TWC) Chapter 36, and the rules and requirements of the TWDB.
CUWCD recognizes that the groundwater resources of Bell County and the Central Texas region are of vital importance and that local management provides essential localized leadership, local discernment, local accountability, based on local oversite, and local expert understanding of the resource. Preservation of this most valuable resource can be managed in a prudent and cost effective manner through education, cooperation, and developing a comprehensive understanding of the aquifers. The greatest threat to CUWCD in achieving its stated mission is the misunderstanding of the resource by elected officials, property owners, and water users. Scientific understanding can support localized management of the groundwater resources, if the district continues to invest in science based research to bolster understanding of local conditions. CUWCD’s management plan is intended to serve as a tool to focus the thoughts and actions of those given the responsibility for the execution of the District’s activities.