President – Amber Blount, Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District
Amber began her work with Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District (SLUWCD) in 2007 as the office secretary. She quickly advanced to oversee well permitting and water quality services for the District. While continuing to act in that capacity, she served as Education & Outreach Coordinator for the multi-groundwater district education cooperative before being named SLUWCD District Manager in 2015. Amber serves as the District’s representative to several affiliations which include, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Groundwater Management Area 2, and Texas Water Conservation Association. Amber grew up south of Dallas, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, but now calls West Texas home. Amber is married to Tanner and the mother to three boys – Helee, Cross & Krew. Her family resides in Yoakum County, where they own and operate their family business, raising show pigs and cattle on their property west of Plains.
Vice President – Currently vacant due to Drew Satterwhite’s departure, will be elected in January 2023
Treasurer – David Bailey, Mid-East Texas Groundwater Conservation District
David Bailey currently serves as the General Manager for the Mid-East Texas Groundwater Conservation District serving Madison, Leon and Freestone counties and has held that position since 2010. Mr. Bailey is a lifelong resident of Madison County and graduated from Madisonville High School in 1978. After receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Sam Houston State University in 1982, he began working in various positions with the Madison County Appraisal District until 1998. He then worked for 11 years at the Walker County Appraisal District until accepting employment with Mid-East Texas GCD in 2009. As part of his duties as General Manager, Mr. Bailey serves the District as the voting member for Groundwater Management Area 12 and as the GMA 12 representative on both the Region C and Region H Water Planning Groups. He has also served on the Budget and Finance Committee for TAGD.
Secretary – Bobby Bazan, Post Oak Savannah GCD
Bobby serves as the Water Resources Management Specialist for Post Oak Savannah GCD and has worked with the District since January 2013. In his time with the District, he has overseen the growth of the Monitoring Program from 75 to now over 300 wells and worked on improving the District’s well database to help make data easily available to the public. He also works to implement District programs, such as the Groundwater Well Assistance Program, the Rainwater Harvesting Education and Rebate Program, and the Water Quality Sampling Campaign. Recently, Bobby was also selected to participate in the Texas Water Foundation’s 2021 class of Texas Water Leaders. Prior to coming to the District, Bobby served as a Hydrologist with the USDA- Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, CO. Bobby earned his B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management in 2007 and an M.S. in Water Management and Hydrological Sciences in 2010 from Texas A&M University.
Parliamentarian – Andy Garza, Kenedy County Groundwater Conservation District
Andy Garza has been the General Manager of Kenedy County Groundwater Conservation District since May of 2011, after retiring from the Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board. He holds BS and MS degrees from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX. Andy has been married for 41 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Past President – Zach Holland, Bluebonnet Groundwater Conservation District
Zach Holland is the General Manager for the Bluebonnet Groundwater Conservation District, serving Austin, Grimes, Walker, & Waller Counties. Zach is originally from Mertzon, Texas and grew up with firsthand knowledge of groundwater management from his Dad, Scott, who serves Irion County Water Conservation District and Sterling County Underground Water Conservation District. Zach’s love of groundwater led him to Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science (2008) and then a Masters of Water Management & Hydrological Sciences (2010). His graduate research focused on a Carrizo-Wilcox Study ordered by Senator Ogden and highlighted the benefits and good works of groundwater conservation districts. Through that project, Zach was able to reach out to many districts and gain a greater understanding of groundwater management of a completely different aquifer and area of the state than his upbringing. Zach has served the Bluebonnet GCD in varying capacities since October 2009.
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