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Wednesday, 21 April 2010


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Amy Hardberger

Hemphill County recognized that it had some special opportunities due to its hydrology and they have chosen to protect those. Now they have the riparian and natural landscape to show for it.


T. Boone is a credit to the American free-enterprise paradigm ... it's always been about the $$$

Wayne Bossert

Michael, you of course are right - there was no direct state mandate of what the DFC's had to be. These were generated locally and appropriately so.

My only point was that without the "nudge" from the state (requiring each GMA to set a specific DFC) it would likely not have been done locally in any fashion.

Keep up the good work posting all things water, but remember, groundwater rules!


Hi, Wayne.

Thanks for commenting - much appreciated. Always good to hear from you.

I realize the mandate to promulgate DFCs came from the legislature but as far as I know there was no fiat regarding what those DFCs specifically had to be.

At our NR GW conference a few years ago (October 2008), Rima Petrossian of the TWDB gave a presentation on the GMA process and from what I recall, it was pretty transparent and stakeholder-driven.

I remember Rima saying that the GMAs were holding off developing DFCs to see who blinked first.

I would bet that your suspicion is correct - the DFCs are designed just prevent the problem from getting worse.

It'll be interesting to see how the GMA process evolves, and whether actions like Pickens' suit are the shape of things to come.

Wayne Bossert

"The groundwater conservation districts and GMAs have themselves decided what they want the future conditions to be. As far as I know, this is not some fiat that was dictated to them by the state government.."

In a way the desired future conditions (DFC) have been dictated by the state who have required each GMA to do one. Had not the state mandated this process, I wonder if any DFC's would have been locally considered.

I'd be interested to know if the 40% and 50% and 80% goals are designed to just stop new development at some time in the future or if these goals are going to require elimination of some existing water use to achieve them. My suspicion is that all three of these goals include existing development and go so far as to only restrict new development at some point soon in the future. If this is the case, they really don't help the problem get better - they only prevent it from getting any worse. Of course, this is a positive step that has to be the first step forward.

If Mr. Pickens wins his suit, groundwater management in Texas loses this very important first step.

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