Letter to the Editor | "Re: Aransas County Groundwater Conservation District" by Diane Davis | Shared 8/20/16

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For those with an interest in the Aransas County Groundwater Conservation District:

At the Groundwater meeting on Wednesday night, 8-17, Commissioner Stiles seemingly could not understand my concern about well water usage under the proposed district guidelines since I am “allowed” to pump up to 25,000 gallons/day from my well without fear of fees, penalties, etc. While I am not the statistical “family of 4” Ms. Stiles used as her illustration since I have livestock, I do agree that to the best of my knowledge, I have never nor do I ever foresee using 25,000 gal/day. I do, however, feel strongly that what I pump to meet my needs is my concern and should not be under the control of a district, especially since it has been repeatedly stated by members of the Board that there are currently no issues in our County regarding groundwater usage. In fact, the TCEQ has stated that Aransas County is not in a priority groundwater management area and therefore its groundwater resources should adequately supply projected needs for at least the next 25 years.

It should also be noted that though the present rule is 25,000 gallons/day, if this “district” is created, it has the potential power to change the rules to whatever they deem necessary per TCEQ guidelines. That power also would include the district’s right to install monitors, require well registration fees, permit wells, set water usage limits, etc. That extensive power, along with no plan of action or budget ever being presented is what I find very concerning.

To see an example of fees in an established groundwater district, take a look at this link. http://www.northtexasgcd.org/uploads/Fee_Schedule_2017.pdf.

At the meeting, Mr. Callan stated that the rule of capture was not being taken away. I completely disagree with that statement because if you control it, you have taken away that right.

Based on the above and the fact that this proposition was soundly defeated in the May 7th election, plus the strongly voiced opposition against another taxing authority and additional taxes by Aransas County citizens, I would like to suggest this temporary district be dissolved immediately before any more tax dollars are spent.

Diane Davis

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