Rules Changes to Water Well Construction StandardsUnderstanding The Trinity Aquifer in Kendall County, TexasDistrict currently observing Drought Stage 2

Rules Changes to Water Well Construction Standards

At the March 22, 2021 Workshop Meeting of the Cow Creek GCD, Directors voted to propose rule changes to water well construction standards. The public hearing and possible adoption of these changes will be at the April 12, 2021 regular meeting.

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District currently observing Drought Stage 2

Press Release 8/12/2020 At the August 10th Regular Board Meeting The Directors heard an update from the District’s consulting meteorologist and from District staff regarding current hydrologic conditions.

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The Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District (CCGCD or District) was created for the purpose of conserving, preserving, recharging, protecting and preventing waste of groundwater from the aquifers within Kendall County. The District will conduct administrative and technical activities and programs to achieve these purposes. The District will collect and archive water well and aquifer data, regulate water well drilling and production from permitted, non-exempt wells, promote the capping or plugging of abandoned wells, provide information and educational material to local property owners, interact with other governmental or organizational entities, and incorporate other groundwater-related activities that may help meet the purposes of the District.

The Texas Hill Country Area, which includes Kendall County, was declared a Critical Groundwater Area by the then Texas Water Commission in 1990. This declaration, now known as the Hill Country Priority Groundwater Management Area (PGMA), gave notice to the residents of the area that water availability and quality will be at risk within the next 50 years.

The CCGCD was created in order that appropriate groundwater management techniques and strategies could be implemented at the local level to address groundwater issues or problems within the District. The District has incorporated both the Texas Water Development Board’s Trinity Aquifer Groundwater Availability Model (TWDB Report 353) and the best and most current site-specific data available to the District in the development of the District’s Management Plan. The plan serves as a guideline the District can follow to ensure greater understanding of local aquifer conditions, development of groundwater management concepts and strategies, and subsequent implementation of appropriate groundwater management policies.