Tonight I attended a meeting, “What is a Ground Water Conservation District,” sponsored by the Wise County office of the Cooperative Extension. Dr. Bruce Lesikar, an Extension ag engineer, discussed the Upper Trinity Ground Water Conservation District (UTGCD) that will be on the ballot in November and that has been crafted to Wise County residents’ best advantage versus the standard Chapter 36 Ground Water Conservation District that we will be force into and which will give us considerably less control. It was clear that most Wise County residents still don’t understand so I’m going to type the following very slowly:
1. Vote for the Upper Trinity Ground Water Conservation District that will be on November’s ballot and that groups us with Hood, Parker and Montague Counties.
2. Let the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) form a GCD for us where we will be lumped in with about 11 counties including the Metroplex Counties.
Wise County has been identified as a Priority Groundwater Management Area.
Better to have some control and the added benefits provided by the Upper Trinity Ground Water Conservation District.
I was sickened by the attitude of some of the attendees. They are all for regulating their neighbor’s water but not theirs. The people who sat next to me and who own a large ranch on the north side of 455 just east of 730 but who shall remain nameless, have a well that pumps 50 gallons of water per minute to fill up their pond. They are concerned they might have to give that up. In the meantime, their neighbor’s wells go dry. Tensions are high and the potential for people to hurt each other is great.
We are all going to have to learn to conserve.
I will provide more details regarding the GCD at a later time.