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District Celebrates 60 Years of Conserving, Protecting, and PreservingGovernor_Greeting

January 21, 2015 marks 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 crteation of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District, dedicated to protect and conserve groundwater resources north of the Canadian River. The district will celebrate the occasion with a reception in conjunction with the Dumas Moore County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at the district office at 603 E. 1st Street in Dumas. The event will run from 5:30 to 7:00pm and is open to the public.

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.

District Seeking Communications Professional

The Conservation Outreach Assistant (COA) will assist and report directly to the Assistant General Manager – Outreach. The position will handle basic and complex public relations and education responsibilities including: coordinating public relations efforts with local, regional and national media; advertising placement; representing the district at community events and trade shows; presenting conservation education to all ages and audiences; as well as creating press releases, newsletter articles and educational materials. The COA will coordinate the organization's social media activities, assist with planning and execution of three annual Water Education Festivals for 800+ students, and contribute to audio/visual projects. Responsibilities will also include other duties as assigned.

The COA should be an expert, or at least capable of quickly becoming an expert, in the following skills areas: Event Planning, Writing for Publication, Writing for Broadcast, Social Media, Hootsuite, Public Speaking, Audio Production, Video Production, Adobe Creative Cloud, Constant Contact, PowerPoint, Clippings Service, Administrative/Clerical and Microsoft Office. This position is located at the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District office in Dumas, TX. Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply for the Conservation Outreach Assistant position, email a resume and cover letter to kwelch@northplainsgcd.org or mail to:

North Plains Groundwater Conservation District

Attn: Kirk Welch

PO Box 795

Dumas, TX 79029

For more information about the COA opportunity click here.

Now Accepting Applications for Irrigation 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:

Meter Reimbursement Info

Meter Reimbursement App 

For more on the October board meeting click October Board Meeting Update.

2013 200-12 Report Now Available

Click here to view the full report.

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.

Upcoming Events

Tue Feb 10 @ 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Production Fee Proposed Rules Hearing
Tue Feb 10 @10:00AM -
February 2015 Board Meeting

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