Conservation News

Metcalf/Keough bill requiring local water board to be elected passes Texas House – Laredo Morning Times

If HB 1982 passes into law, the voters of Montgomery County will finally have the voice that is needed in electing accountable representatives to serve on the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors. SB 2250 is expected to have a hearing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs on Monday, Creighton said in a statement to The Courier. Public support for this change has been strong I am listening to my constituents especially in their wish to have a stranger voice in the governance of water decisions. According to the district’s website it works both sides of what it terms a “tricky” application to ensure that the amount of groundwater that is pumped does not exceed the amount of water that is replenished.

Source: Metcalf/Keough bill requiring local water board to be elected passes Texas House – Laredo Morning Times

EDITORIAL – Water woes – Houston Chronicle

Yet misguided water policy proposals under consideration in the Legislature threaten to permanently harm the Hill Country’s scenic and life-sustaining waterways. If all the pending permits for water use were issued, “water levels would drop several hundred feet beneath Hays County, potentially affecting Jacob’s Well, Fern Bank Springs and the Blanco and Guadalupe rivers,” according to environmentalist Jim Blackburn. The bills…

Source: Water woes – Houston Chronicle