March 11-17, 2012 is National Groundwater Awareness Week! Visit the National Ground Water Association's website for more information. To find out what organizations are participating in National Groundwater Awareness Week in Texas, visit here. Some of our member districts, like Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, are promoting this week with special programs. We'd love to hear what you're doing in Texas to commemorate this important week! Check out TAGD's facebook page and National Groundwater Awareness Week's facebook page for more information and updates.
The Texas Supreme Court has issued its opinion in the EAA v. Day and McDaniel case, affirming the opinion of the court of appeals. The full opinion can be found here.
October 1st means the start of a new fiscal year for TAGD, and this year we are excited to welcome new officers and committee members for two year terms. To see who will be serving, please check our Officers and Committees pages.
TAGD is so incredibly grateful to its 09/10 and 10/11 Executive Committee Members: Jim Conkwright, Mike Mahoney, Kathy Turner Jones, Kirk Holland, Lonnie Stewart, Janet Adams, Scott Holland, Ron Fieseler, Joe Cooper, and Gary Westbrook, as well as all TAGD Committee Members. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication more than words can say. Without these members, TAGD could not operate as it does. THANK YOU!!!
July 28, 2011 By: Kay Ledbetter
AMARILLO – Four meetings highlighting three primary corn irrigation projects in the North Plains have been scheduled in August by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.
“These projects are the epitome of agricultural cooperation as both AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension collaborate with the local groundwater district to address frontline, pressing needs in production agriculture,” said Nich Kenny, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist. “We are addressing all ranges of corn irrigation and working to collectively make an impact on the area.”
BAY CITY — From Austin to this city in Southeast Texas, the Colorado River makes six twists and turns before it reaches Mike Burnside's rice farm in Matagorda County. Through a 1,100 mile-long canal system, Burnside floods nearly 1,000 acres of rice fields, which are emerald green in June despite the drought.
Like most farmers in the area, however, Burnside is worried about the future. Rice growers harvest two crops each year, but tighter water restrictions could eliminate one of those crops, especially during dry years.
"If we got no second crop, mmm — it's going to be tough," Burnside says. "We're not going to make enough money."
In recent decades, the few hundred rice farmers in Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties have never lost one of their two crops due to reductions to their water supply, but that could change next year. If levels in the Highland Lakes, which include two key reservoirs near Austin, remain this low on Jan. 1, farmers' water allotments next year will be sharply reduced.
According to Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies, the Colorado River Municipal Water District, responsible for providing water to Odessa, Midland, San Angelo, and other West Texas cities, is reducing customer water by 20 percent due to recent drought conditions. Water levels in local reservoirs have reduced dramatically, and district director John Grant reports that the shortage is "critical." Dr. Robert Mace, Deputy Executive Administrator for Water Science and Conservation at the Texas Water Development Board. agrees that the drought is "particularly intense", but reminds Texans that this drought has not lasted as long as the 1950s drought of record. Either way, Mace agrees that water conservation is a crucial part of ensuring adequate water supplies remain in the future.
Read the full article by David Martin Davies: Drought Drying Up West Texas Water Supply.
Once again, TAGD will be offering Public Funds Investment Act Training for groundwater conservation district representatives and other professionals who want to learn more about the Texas Public Funds Investment Act.
The training, offered by attorney Greg Ellis, will be geared toward the specific investment issues facing groundwater conservation districts and satisfies the state requirement that district investment officers have six hours of training within one year of being appointed and four hours or renewal training every two years thereafter.