The Desired Future Conditions (DFC) Committee members met on September 5, 2017 at the POSGCD office. The committee members walked through changes to the Groundwater Well Assistance Program (GWAP) document. The GWAP, which had previously been two documents, is now a single document to help
DFC Committee Chair, Steven Wise, said that an appeal process will be added. The appeal process will give well owners an option for a second review by an independent hydrogeologist if a claim is denied.
Committee members discussed a funding baseline for the GWAP and decided that $100,000 would suffice. After evaluations are completed, they will come back and adjust the budget as needed.
Steve Young, Principal Geologist of Intera, briefly went through the Methodology for Determining Compliance with DFCs document. He advised that the document would take four months to be ready for public comment.
The District is currently looking at adopting protocols for collection of water level measurements that are similar to neighboring districts and state protocols.
Bobby Bazan, POSGCD Water Resource Specialist, reported that the Well Monitoring Network continues to grow. He has added 48 new monitoring wells and will have the goal of 50 by the end of summer.
There will be a Local Water Utilities Workshop held at the Post Oak Savannah GCD’s office on September 26, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. All local water utilities in Milam and Burleson Counties are welcome to attend the free workshop.
The Local Water Utilities Workshop is designed for managers, board members and city council members. It will provide helpful information to all decision-making members within local water utility groups in efforts to conserve groundwater.
Additionally, local water utilities can receive points on their 2018 POSGCD Grant Application based on the number of people that attend.
The following topics are on the agenda:
- Update on 2017 and 2018 POSGCD Grants
- Leak Detection: A proactive approach to water conservation
- GIS & Mapping Your System
If your group is interested in attending the workshop, please call the POSGCD office at 512-455-9900 with a list of attendees before September 20, 2017.
All materials will be provided and everyone will receive a catered dinner.
Groundwater experts came to the Caldwell Civic Center on August 16, 2017 to speak at the fourth annual Milam & Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit. Nearly 140 people attended the Summit.
The Honorable Judge Sutherland welcomed attendees to the Summit. Judge Sutherland said that Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District (POSGCD) Board of Directors have challenging jobs and responsibilities. He said the Directors that represent Burleson County have done an excellent job. He talked about the selection process for Directors and welcomed Burleson County residents to come speak to him if they had questions.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com or (979) 455-9900.