Restore Affordable Water Applauds Texas Legislative Delegation Request for Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to Delay Key Vote

Senator Nichols, Senator Creighton and Rep. Metcalf instruct the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to halt ratifying management plan until new board is sworn in

 

CONROE, Texas — Today Restore Affordable Water (RAW) applauds the action taken by Senator Robert Nichols, Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative Will Metcalf demanding that the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) delay voting on the management plan until the new board is elected in November 2018.

 

If the LSGCD ratifies the management plan they will be defying Governor Greg Abbott and the Montgomery County legislative delegation that passed HB 1982 into law during the 85th Legislative Session that gave the people of Montgomery County control of their water rates, not unelected bureaucrats.

 

Senators Nichols, Creighton, and Rep. Metcalf rightfully stated that the new Board will be elected by the citizens of Montgomery County for the first time ever and that any major policy decisions should be deferred to the incoming leadership of the new Board.

  

Additionally the LSGCD management plan would ratify the “Desired Future Conditions (DFC)” that LSGCD previously agreed were not reasonable.  This management plan ratifies the DFC to a 64,000 acre-feet per year cap for total Montgomery County groundwater withdraws.  This would result in severe restrictions of private property owners use of groundwater across Montgomery County.

 

The proposed DFC in the management plan would enforce usage regulations in Montgomery County that are more restrictive than our neighbors in Liberty, San Jacinto, Waller, and Grimes counties that in part share the same aquifers that cross between the political boundaries.

 

Sequeira stated “Last time I checked, aquifers do not respect the political boundaries created by man, the natural aquifer boundaries long proceeded us and will be here long after us.”

 

About Restore Affordable Water: Restore Affordable Water, a registered 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, is a group of Montgomery County residents, business owners, and community leaders who demand truth, transparency, and accountability from the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. More information about Restore Affordable Water can be found at RestoreAffordableWater.com.

 

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ELIZABETH CUSTY