NOTE: this post has been updated June 10, 2021. For more background information, please go to waterdefenders.org. (If your browser takes you to the SAWDF home page when you click on this link, just click on SAWDF's GMA-12 page.)
The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District's public hearing is scheduled for June 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. --- you may participate virtually, via Zoom, or by phone (see below). THIS IS THE ONLY HEARING ON THE PROPOSED DFCS THE DISTRICT WILL HOLD. Below the hearing notice is Brazos Valley GCD's posting of its proposed DFCs.
Because this is a virtual hearing, it is a good opportunity to listen to a typical public hearing called for the purpose of receiving your comments on the proposed DFC for GMA-12 ~~ WaterDefenders.org will be there to deliver this message -- you might find it useful for your comments to this district and other districts in GMA-12, but remember to personalize your message and speak from your heart. You will probably have 3 minutes to speak:
You must reject the proposed DFCs and send them back to GMA-12 for revisions, because they will unreasonably impact our groundwater, our communities, and our rivers, springs, and streams. You still have time to do what the law requires you to do: achieve a balance between conservation and protection of our water resources --- our groundwater and our surface water systems ---and development of those resources. The proposed DFCs for GMA-12 protect only permit holders --- the big pumpers who develop our resources ---- by allowing drawdowns that allow them to pump to the limits of their permits, while local domestic and livestock wells are left high and dry, with little or no protection from drawdowns. Whether or not a groundwater district mitigates failed local wells or not, the proposed DFCs unreasonably impact our aquifers and our private property values. Likewise, the proposed DFCs will deprive our surface water systems of the inflows from aquifers that they depend on. The districts of GMA-12 must do the work to achieve the required balance!
GMA 12 CONTACT INFORMATION for written public comments
Actions you can take to reject the proposed desired future conditions and change the course groundwater management in our counties.
We urge you to object to these polices and the proposed new desired future conditions (DFCs) by writing the Board President and board members of the groundwater conservation district where you reside demanding that they put a stop to these unreasonable management policies. Ask them to reject the proposed new DFC’s and send them back for revision. Require the Districts to re-adopt the currently adopted DFCs until such time as they can agree to solutions that better protect landowners and the environment by adopting more balanced policies and by installing the monitoring wells needed to verify impacts on our aquifers, rivers and streams.
Revised desired future conditions must be based on sustainable management of aquifers, protection of exempt domestic and livestock wells, and sustaining the ecological resilience that enables the Colorado River to bounce back after a serious drought.
Keep in mind that the Board of Directors of each GCD are the final decision-makers in these matters.
GENERAL GUIDELINES: We recommend that you
1) put “Proposed DFCs” in the subject line,
2) address your letter to the Board President,
4) copy the General Manager and General Information email address on emails sent to the Board President. The office address and telephone number is also provided for your convenience if you want to write, mail, or hand deliver your comments.
Other information, such as the names of the board members and staff, may be found on the GCD’s website. (For Brazos Valley GCD, that's brazosvalleygcd.org)
Go to https://www.environmental-stewardship.org/2021/04/26/gma12contacts/ to see a chart of all five GCDs that will be updated as more hearings are scheduled. Put July 12 (Fayette County GCD) and July 13 (Post Oak Savannah GCD) on your calendar for hearings in those districts; more info will be given when available.