On August 1, 2017, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District welcomed Ralph Sifuentes as a Field Technician. Sifuentes was born and raised in Hearne, Texas before moving to Rockdale in 1979.
Mr. Sifuentes has over 27 years of experience in drilling and groundwater. He began working for Alcoa as a driller and drilling supervisor. In 1994, Sifuentes started supervising the drilling of groundwater monitoring wells. After working with Alcoa, Sifuentes worked for Luminant by supervising installation of wells, as well as groundwater mitigation and monitoring.
As a field technician for POSGCD, Sifuentes will assist in monitoring wells, checking water levels and water quality, troubleshooting, and performing well inspections.
Sifuentes said that his experience and background in groundwater, as well as being involved with the installation of monitor wells, will help him perform the duties of the POSGCD Field Technician. In addition, he will be talking to landowners about adding their wells to the POSGCD Monitoring Network.
With his extensive drilling background and knowledge about groundwater and wells, Sifuentes is a valuable addition to the POSGCD staff and they are excited to have him aboard.
Sifuentes can be contacted at email@example.com or (979) 455-9900.
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. Kevin J. Spencer, P.G., is the President of R.W. Harden and Associates, Inc. and has more than 25 years of experience developing fresh and brackish groundwater resources.
Spencer said his presentation will include a series of illustrations that show how an aquifer like the Carrizo-Wilcox responds to groundwater withdrawal. He has been the principal investigator and project manager for the development of large-scale pumping of groundwater from public and industrial supply wells in Texas. Spencer has also evaluated the availability, cost and impacts from additional groundwater projects.
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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.
Speakers from the Texas Water Development Board are set to give presentations over Groundwater Availability Models and Desired Future Conditionsby Megan Homeyer July 24, 2017
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.”
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The date for the 2017 Milam and Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit has been set for August 16, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. Topics for this year’s Summit cover a variety of issues. Panels will discuss the impacts of production in the Carrizo-Wilcox, how Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) collaborate within Groundwater Management Area 12, and an overview of the Post Oak Savannah GCD Groundwater Well Assistance Program (GWAP). In addition, there will be presentations about Groundwater Availability Models (GAMs) and how they are developed and used, an overview of Desired Future Conditions, an introduction to Post Oak Savannah’s new Rainwater Harvesting Grant Program, and an update on the POSGCD well-monitoring system.
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On May 17, 2017, Post Oak Savannah GCD welcomed Megan Homeyer as the new Education Coordinator. Homeyer is a native of the area and grew up in Caldwell, Texas before attending Texas A&M University. At Texas A&M she received her bachelor’s of science in animal science and agricultural communications and journalism. She then went back to graduate school and recently graduated with her master’s of science in agricultural leadership, education and communications in December 2016.
As the new Education Coordinator for POSGCD, Homeyer will give educational presentations for school classrooms, organizations and clubs about the District’s aquifers and conservation practices. Other duties include writing articles, informing the public of POSGCD events and meetings and engaging with the public through talks and social media. Homeyer is also in charge of sending out regular newletters, emails, and other forms of communication to notify people of new and ongoing developments at the District.
Homeyer is excited to begin working and looks forward to talking with the people of Milam and Burleson County. “I am thrilled to be a part of the POSGCD team and look forward to speaking with the public and getting to know the people of this District better,” Homeyer said. “I grew up in this area and I’m happy to bring back what I have learned to this community.”
Homeyer can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 455-9900.