Sustaining or Over-Pumping?

Quality and Quantity.
Where do we stand?
To manage the groundwater in Bastrop County on a sustainable basis the amount of water returned to the aquifers (recharged) needs to equal the amount of water withdrawn (pumped). Naturally, groundwater is recharged from rainfall and surface waters such as Bastrop Lake and the Colorado River. However, as we develop the land — converting its uses in ways that cause water to “run off” the land, into the river, and out to the Gulf of Mexico without being returned to the ground — less rainwater gets stored in the ground for future use.

If, at the same time more water is pumped than is being recharged, the resource in being used in a non-sustainable manner … the resource is being “mined” like coal or oil. Unlike coal and oil, there is a connection between the surface and the groundwater. When the water table declines, there is likely to be an impact on the plants, wildlife, and humans that inhabit the surface and depend on water for their livelihood and survival. It is the connection between groundwater and surface water that keeps our plants alive, our rivers, streams, and springs flowing, our economy robust, and our quality of life at the level we currently enjoy.

The chart above is the Region K projected water demand for Bastrop County compared to the recharge rate of the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.

Groundwater Management Area 12 – Environmental Stewardship’s Petition Appealing Desired Future Conditions

Surface water impacts focus of March 7 hearing in Milano, TX


Groundwater Management Area 12 (GMA12) is located over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer Group.

Bastrop, Texas. March 7, 2012. The Texas Water Development Board held a groundwater hearing on March 7, 2012, in the Milano Civic Center, Milano, TX. Environmental Stewardship presented evidence on its appeal of the adopted desired future conditions of Groundwater Management Area 12 (GMA-12). The hearing focused on the damage to surface water and water rights resulting form over-pumping the aquifers. The public was encouraged to attend but did not have the opportunity to comment at the hearing. Interested persons had 10 business days in which to submit sworn written evidence. Other interested party evidence was provided by George Rice (Hydrologist), Neighbors for Neighbors, Curtis Chubb, Ph.D., and Environmental Stewardship.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is expected to render a decision on the appeal at their June 21, 2012, Board Meeting to be held in Austin, TX.  The staff recommendations should be available to the public on June 14.

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