North Plains Groundwater Conservation District Passes New Rules
In their regularly scheduled April board meeting on Tuesday the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors voted 6-1 to repeal the existing rules and approve newly proposed and revised rules for the district. The decision is the culmination of three years of review by the board. Members of the public voiced their opinions about the new rules in a public hearing immediately preceding the board meeting. The district also held three stakeholder meetings last month to discuss the proposed new rules.
According to General Manager, Steve Walthour, the new rules will streamline the compliance process, as well as make necessary updates for achieving the district's desired future conditions.
The proposed rules reorganization began in June 2012, when the board reviewed the concept of reorganizing the rules to make the document easier for the public to understand and for the district staff to implement. The board set out to repeal rules that are no longer needed, to logically consolidate and reorder the rules, and to adopt new rules that would clarify how to comply with the district’s regulations.
For more on the new district rules and other activity at the April board meeting click here.
To see the new rules click here.
District Accepting Applications for Meter Reimbursement
The North Plains Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors voted to approve a contract with the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) that will make funds available to irrigators to offset up to half the equipment cost of water meters. "This is the next step in getting grant funds that were awarded to the district back in June into the hands of area producers to help them manage their water," said North Plains GCD, General Manager, Steve Walthour.
The district is now accepting applications from irrigators in the district for reimbursement on meters installed after June 26, 2014. The grant of $600,000 was awarded to the district by the TWDB on the basis that meters are an accepted and effective management tool for producers and for groundwater conservation districts. "If we use all these funds, we will request more and we will continue to request funds until there is no further demand or no more funds available," said Walthour. For information about applying for reimbursement call the district at 806-935-6401 or click on the following links:
District Celebrates 60 Years of Conserving, Protecting, and Preserving
January 21, 2015 marked 60 years since residents north of the Canadian River in Texas voted to confirm the designation of the area by the Texas State Board of Water Engineers and the creation of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, dedicated to protect and conserve groundwater resources north of the Canadian River. The district celebrated the occasion with a reception in conjunction with the Dumas Moore County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the district office.
Along with the beginning of the district in 1955, other milestones include: promoting and developing the first research station north of the Canadian River, annexation of remaining land north of the Canadian from 1972-2012, adoption of the district's management plan in 1998, and receiving the state's highest conservation honor, the Texas Environmental Excellence Award for Agriculture from the Governor and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in 2012.
Since 1955, twenty-three different board members, representing the eight counties comprising the district service area, have guided the district, as well as six full-time and acting general managers. Since 2007, Steve Walthour has served as the district general manager. The current members of the district board of directors provide direction and oversight. The current board members and their counties are as follows: Gene Born, Lipscomb; Justin Crownover, Sherman; Harold Grall, Moore; Mark Howard, Hartley; Danny Krienke, Ochiltree; Zac Yoder, Dallam; and Bob Zimmer, Hansford and Hutchinson.
The district works in conjunction with local, state and federal agencies to conserve, protect and preserve the region's groundwater by creating and enforcing rules and standards for groundwater production, educating stakeholders about conservation, issuing water well permits, collecting and maintaining groundwater data and performing water quality analyses. In addition, the district has embraced the state water planning process by establishing and maintaining a current district management plan, creating desired future conditions in cooperation with district stakeholders and the other members of Groundwater Management Area 1, and establishing rules to accomplish the desired future conditions.
The district provides water conservation education for stakeholders from children to adults and including residential and agricultural applications. In 2010, the board of directors initiated the awarding-winning "200-12 Reduced Irrigation on Corn Demonstration Project" to demonstrate the potential for saving irrigation water while maintaining crop yields. In 2005, the district began its annual children's water festivals serving over 5,000 students and teachers over the last nine years with a full-day of hands-on natural resource education. The district also offers in-class educational programs to schools, clubs and service organizations throughout the district.
2014 Hydrology and Groundwater Resources Report
The "2014 Hydrology and Groundwater Resources" document is intended as a general information report about the District, the District's Programs, the regional geology and hydrology and groundwater resources. It includes sections about District Monitor Wells, Water Quality, Annual Groundwater production and includes maps depicting estimated depth of water, estimated annual decline in water table and estimated saturated aquifer material.
To download the 2014 Hydrology and Groundwater Resources Report, click here.
Maintaining our way of life through conservation, protection, and preservation of our groundwater resources.