A panel of hydrogeologists is scheduled to discuss how large-scale production in the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer will impact water levels and landowners in the District.

Toya Jones, a hydrogeologist for Intera, has 30 years of experience in aquifer characterization and development of numerical models that measure water resources. She has served in key technical roles for the development of groundwater availability models for numerous aquifers in Texas, where her efforts include compiling and analyzing aquifer water-level data and establishing regional groundwater flow and pre-development aquifer conditions.

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Larry French, Director of the Groundwater Division of the Texas Water Development Board, will discuss Desired Future Conditions (DFCs), which are quantifiable conditions of an aquifer at a specified future time. Along with the Groundwater Division staff, French conducts basic research and monitoring of the characteristics and conditions of Texas’ aquifers.

French said he will talk about what DFCs are, how they are developed, who develops them and how they feed into decisions about groundwater availability. He will focus on DFCs that have been adopted by districts in Groundwater Management Area 12.

“The process to adopt DFCs is a public process and there is plenty of opportunity for citizen involvement,” French said. “DFCs undergo regular review and can change as our understanding of groundwater conditions improves and we see how the aquifer responds to pumping and recharge.”

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator of Texas Water Development Board, is scheduled to discuss Groundwater Availability Models (GAMs). Mace leads the agency’s Water Science & Conservation office, a department of 70 scientists, engineers and specialists dedicated to better understanding groundwater and surface water resources.

In his presentation, Mace will focus on providing a basic understanding of how these models work, why they are helpful and what their limitations are.

“Just as your nightly weather expert uses models to predict the weather for Saturday, hydrogeologists use models to predict the effects of pumping on aquifers at some point in the future,” Mace said. “By definition, models are not perfect, but they are often our best tools for understanding what the future may hold for our aquifers.”

Mace said that people will benefit from this presentation by gaining a better understanding of how models help in determining Desired Future Conditions and impacts of pumping projects.

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The Master of Ceremonies, Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, is the Executive Director of Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD). Schlessinger also serves as an appointed member of the Water Conservation Advisory Council and an alternate member for the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee.

Gary Westbrook, General Manager of Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District, said, “Sarah is certainly no stranger to our citizens, having served as MC of this event the past two years. She also is steeped in understanding groundwater issues in this state, as she does an excellent job of leading TAGD through this period of evolving groundwater legislation.”

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District is excited to announce that they will be offering a new Rainwater Harvesting Grant Program for residents of Burleson and Milam Counties. By participating in the rebate program, residents can receive assistance in installing their own rainwater harvesting system.

Drew Gholson, Ph.D., an Extension Program Specialist for the Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, will be going over the details of the rebate program at the Summit. Gholson’s primary areas of focus are developing educational and applied research programs involving water resource management, including groundwater and private water well protection, water conservation, water quality and rainwater harvesting.

Gholson said he will talk about the process people will go through for those interested in installing their own rainwater harvesting system and participating in the rebate program. He will also discuss where the program demonstration site will be and give an update on upcoming workshops.

 

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

For those interested in the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District’s new Groundwater Well Assistance Program (GWAP), a panel is set to discuss what the program is designed to do and who can participate.

Steven Wise, Vice President of the Post Oak Savannah GCD Board of Directors, will discuss what the GWAP is and how it pertains to citizens of the District. Wise was appointed to the POSGCD Board of Directors in 2013 and was elected Vice President of the Board in 2017. He is the chair of the DFC Committee, which is still developing the program. The primary purpose of the GWAP is to restore a water supply to well owners in the District who own a well that has experienced significant adverse impacts caused by aquifer-wide pumping in Groundwater Management Area 12. The program will also help improve the POSGCD monitoring program. Wise said that by attending the GWAP panel, residents of Burleson and Milam Counties will learn how the program protects well owners and who is eligible to participate.

 

Gary Westbrook, General Manager of POSGCD, will be on the GWAP panel with Wise. They will discuss when the program is set to be adopted and the processes available to well owners to be included in the program. Westbrook said, “The process of developing the GWAP has been extensive, and it will be a program every well owner in the District can appreciate.”

 

 

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Bobby Bazan, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District Water Resource Management Specialist, is giving an update on the POSGCD Well Monitoring Network at this year’s Summit. Bazan has been with Post Oak Savannah GCD four years. He has received a B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management and a M.S. in Water Management, both from Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to Post Oak Savannah GCD, he was a hydrologist with the U.S. Forest Service – Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, CO.

During his presentation, Bazan will review the advances POSGCD has made to the Monitoring Well Network, such as the addition of new wells, an increase in frequency of measurements and new web-based features that the District is excited about.

“The monitoring network and its water level measurements are crucial to the District’s mission to protect and conserve aquifer resources in Burleson and Milam Counties by providing critical scientific data,” Bazan said. “That ‘best available science’ allows for the Board to make decisions in evaluating the District’s Management Plan and Rules.”

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The GMA 12 Panel will consist of the five general managers of the Groundwater Conservation Districts within GMA 12. The general managers will discuss how the GCDs are working together.

Jim Totten – Lost Pines GCD
David Van Dresar – Fayette County GCD
Alan Day – Brazos Valley GCD
Gary Westbrook – Post Oak Savannah GCD
David Bailey – Mid-East Texas GCD

 

Jim Totten joined the staff of Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District in November of 2012 in the role of assistant general manager and assumed the role of general manager in January of 2015.

 

David Van Dresar, the General Manager of Fayette County GCD, has been in the water and wastewater field for 30 years. He currently serves on the Texas Drought Preparedness Council and the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee as the TAGD representative. Van Dresar said that by attending the Summit, residents and well owners would gain insight to how GCDs work, what they provide to the public, and how the GCDs tie in to what their rights as landowners are.

 

Alan Day has served as the General Manager for the Brazos Valley GCD for five years. Day served as the County Extension Agent for over 7 years before becoming a Ranch Manager in Bosque County for 27 years. He served on the Middle Trinity GCD Board of Directors for 3 years before moving to the Brazos Valley. “The Summit will be an excellent opportunity to ask questions of the GMA 12 panelists about aquifer management and why management methods vary so widely,” Day said. “There is a method to the madness.”

 

Gary Westbrook has been the General Manager of Post Oak Savannah GCD since 2003. Westbrook served as President of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD) from 2005 to 2007 and currently represents GMA 12 on the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group. Westbrook said, “This panel represents a great opportunity for citizens to witness first hand how we as general managers in GMA 12 work together on issues. And, since this panel constitutes a quorum of the voting members of GMA 12, it will be posted as a GMA 12 meeting, according to the laws of the state of Texas. As such, it will very much be part of the regular business of GMA 12.”

 

David Bailey has been the General Manager of Mid-East Texas GCD since 2010 and serves on the Budget and Finance Committee for TAGD. He is also the voting member for GMA 12 and serves as the GMA 12 representative on both the Region C and Region H Water Planning Groups. “Managing groundwater resources in today’s legislative and regulatory framework is difficult,” Bailey said. “It can be a delicate balancing act. It is important for people to know that we are here to help. It is our desire for all to have the groundwater they need—we just have to do that in a manner that ensures all are protected.”

 

For more information about the 2017 Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit, click here. The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. It will be held at the Caldwell Civic Center at 103 TX-21 in Caldwell, Texas on August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

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