Mesquite GCD

Education & Outreach

In additional to regular GCD operations and permitting, Mesquite Groundwater Conservation District (MGCD) also acts as an educational resource to the community it serves. As a part of their educational efforts, MGCD has programs they put on for the three school districts within their district. The district’s program will typically include a presentation of an aquifer model and, depending on the student’s grade level, covers water cycle STAR test vocabulary. MGCD also sponsors an annual conservation scholarship essay contest. The winners of the contest receive a total of $6,000 in scholarships.

Ag Day

For most of the past decade, MGCD has been invited by AgriLife Extension to participate in their Ag Day event. This half-day event brings together staff from the district, AgriLife Extension, and the Farm Bureau to help teach students to consider the connections between the food-water nexus. Staff from the different entities engage the students through a series of presentations on agriculture, food, and water, including lessons on both surface water and groundwater. District staff use an aquifer model to demonstrate the water cycle, focusing on groundwater’s part of the cycle.

GCD Collaborations

In addition to the district’s own educational outreach efforts and their participation in Ag Day, MGCD also partners with neighboring GCDs in their educational outreach efforts. The district partners with Hemphill GCD during their Water Festival—an educational event for 5th grade students in Canadian, Texas. MGCD has also provided support to the Panhandle GCD during preparations for their Texas Panhandle Water Conservation Symposium.

GCD Growth

MGCD has seen continued growth over the past few years. General Manager Lynn Smith attributes this to the positive perception the district has within the community. In addition, Smith believes landowners recognize that the district provides a valuable service in protecting not only the resource, but their private property rights. As a result, MGCD has added acreage to its district through direct landowner petitions. Because of landowners’ desires to be brought into the district, MGCD worked with TWDB to change the GMA 6 boundary so that it more closely follows aquifer boundaries. This ultimately allowed for noncontiguous pieces of land to become a part of the district through the individual petition process.

Local Conditions, Local Challenges

One of the biggest challenges the district faces is helping landowners understand local aquifer characteristics. Although MGCD is located next to the Ogallala, it relies on the Blaine and Seymour aquifers. The Blaine and Seymour, unlike the Ogallala, have higher porosity and are much shallower and therefore exhibit a relatively fast rate of recharge. Because of these characteristics, MGCD’s management of the resource requires careful consideration of local conditions and current production. Another challenge of the local hydrogeology is the naturally brackish water quality in the Blaine and Seymour aquifers. The district has been tracking and is very involved in brackish groundwater production conversations at the state level.

Helpful Resources

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  • Texas Water Trade
  • Mid-East Texas GCD
  • Groundwater Awareness Week
  • From Drizzle to Downpours: Rainwater Harvesting Programs
  • Mesa UWCD
  • Northern Trinity GCD
  • Proposition 6: Texas Water Fund
  • 2023 Groundwater Summit Recap
  • 88th Legislative Wrap-Up
  • Southern Ogallala Conservation & Outreach Program
  • Three Iconic Springs
  • Groundwater: On a Screen Near You
  • Great Springs Project
  • Comal Trinity GCD
  • Texas Land Conservancy
  • Panola County GCD
  • Texas Playa Conservation
  • 2022 Groundwater Summit Recap
  • Wintergarden GCD
  • Camp Bullis Sentinel Landscape
  • Plum Creek Conservation District
  • EAA Education Outreach Center
  • Irion County WCD
  • Open Meetings Guide
  • Lone Star GCD
  • Meet the Executive Committee
  • 10 Years of TGS
  • Advocacy Checklist
  • Presidio County UWCD
  • GMAs and Remote Meetings
  • Pecan Valley GCD
  • EDF/Hays Trinity GCD
  • Texas Water Foundation
  • Cow Creek GCD
  • TexMesonet
  • Managing Through COVID-19
  • Reeves County GCD
  • One Water – Blue Hole Primary School
  • Harris-Galveston Subsidence District
  • Kenedy County GCD
  • 4-H Water Ambassadors
  • Brazos Valley GCD
  • Evergreen UWCD
  • USGS Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center
  • Water Grows
  • North Texas GCD
  • High Plains UWCD
  • Prairielands GCD
  • Rusk County GCD
  • Edwards Aquifer Authority
  • Post Oak Savannah GCD
  • Guadalupe County GCD
  • Mesquite GCD
  • Hickory UWCD No. 1
  • Panhandle GCD
  • Coastal Bend & Coastal Plains GCDs
  • Gonzales County UWCD
  • North Plains GCD
  • Bandera County River Authority & Groundwater District
  • Middle Trinity GCD
  • Clearwater UWCD
  • Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer CD
  • South Plains UWCD
  • Fayette County GCD
  • Sutton County UWCD
  • Sandy Land UWCD
  • Lost Pines GCD
  • Upper Trinity GCD
  • Duval County GCD
  • Hill Country UWCD
  • Middle Pecos GCD
  • Trinity Glen Rose GCD
  • Central Texas GCD
  • Sandy Land UWCD
  • Bluebonnet GCD