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LCCN seeks to provide a running summary of some of the recent water resource management related news of interest to the Great Lake Conroe Region. So much is going on that this effort can only be a best efforts one. If you feel that something important has been missed, please contact LCCN (General Information) and attach adequate information and links to enable us to post it.

February 20, 2015 Conroe Mayor Melder Open Letter to Community on Water”

The Conroe Courier published an open editorial to the community in which Mayor Melder challenged many aspects of the current and proposed Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District regulations that would restrict groundwater use starting in 2016 and severely impact freedom of choice, the rights of property owners and economic development in the county.

LCCN Urges Lone Star Groundwater District Board of Directors to Delay Implementation of Their Groundwater Regulations

In prepared LCCN Remarks, LCCN summarized its current analysis and findings at the January 28, 2015 meeting of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. It has concluded that documentation of a problem is inadequate to support regulation and that groundwater regulations poised to take effect across Montgomery County in 2016 be delayed to enable all parties to address the underlying problem(s) at a level of documentation adequate to support a regulatory process.

Texas Legislators ask Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board to Delay Groundwater Regulations

In a letter dated January 23, 2015, all five of the Texas legislative Senators and House Representatives with districts covering Montgomery County

wrote to the Mr. Richard Tramm, Chairman of the Board of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District. Citing significant unresolved issues, the group asked for delay in the implementation of groundwater regulations and an opportunity to participate in further discussions of regulatory development that the delay would enable.

April 3rd: J.R. Moore Announces Population Growth Now More Than 20,000 per Year for Montgomery County

The Conroe Courier reported remarks made by J. R. Moore, Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector, at a Wednesday meeting of the North Shore Republican Women’s meeting. “Last year, we were at 535,000 [county residents]. It was estimated that we’re growing at 20,000 a year, but we’re growing by more than 20,000 a year, “ Moore said. “It’s because we are getting more and more companies relocating to the county and new jobs mean more families.”

This latest report on population trends underscores the LCCN premise that Montgomery County – and particularly the Greater Lake Conroe Region (GLCR) – are engaged in Sea Change-scale TRANSFORMATIONAL GROWTH that will affect virtually every aspect of county and regional planning and operations over the next 10 years. LCCN’s efforts to organize and champion community involvement is tied directly to this.

March 8, 2014: LCCN Named to SJRA Stakeholder Group – Lake Conroe Watershed Protection Planning (WPP)

LCCN President Terry Bowie has been invited by SJRA to join a Stakeholder Group to help SJRA prepare a Texas mandated Lake Conroe Water Protection Plan. The first meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2014.

LCCN Watershed Protection PlanningThe Texas Watershed Protection Plan Program is a locally-driven mechanism for voluntarily addressing complex water quality problems that cross multiple jurisdictions. The goal is to protect unimpaired water bodies from pollution threats and restore impaired, polluted water bodies. Watershed planning serves as a tool to better leverage the resources of local governments, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The planning process integrates activities and prioritizes implementation projects based upon technical merit and benefits to the community, promotes a unified approach to seeking funding for implementation, and creates a coordinated public communication and education program. This approach to watershed management recognizes that solutions to water quality issues must be socially acceptable, economically bearable, and based on environmental goals.

A Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) is a coordinated framework for implementing prioritized and integrated water quality protection and restoration strategies driven by environmental objectives. Through the watershed planning process, the State of Texas encourages stakeholders to develop WPPs that holistically address all of the sources and causes of impairments and threats to both surface and ground water resources within a watershed. [For further information, see: EPA Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

March 3, 2014: LCCN Declares March as “Membership Month”

With the opening of its new website, LCCN has declared March as Membership Month. Individuals and organizations throughout the Greater Lake Conroe Region are encouraged to visit the new website and complete an online application for to become a member of LCCN.

March 3, 2014: LCCN Announces Next Forum

Montgomery County property appraisals will be the subject of LCCN’s second Forum for 2014. Mark Castleschouldt, Chief Appraiser for Montgomery County, will be the featured speaker. The event will be held at the Walden Yacht Club from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. Guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy dinner at the Yacht Club restaurant prior to the program. Food service begins at 5:30 pm. SAVE THE DATE.

March 1, 2014: Conroe Water Losses Down to 1%

Conroe water loss and usageSource: Conroe Courier newspaper Vol 121, Number 274 -- Reporter Catherine Dominguez. (cdominguez@hcnonline.com)

Conroe reports its lowest water losses from municipal and commercial water treatment and distribution systems in 6 years. Controlling losses is the first critical step in implementing effective water conservation strategies. The City of Conroe has a Water Conservation Department that is actively seeking to maximize the contributions that conservation measures can make to overall area water demand and management. [See separate News article here for further discussion of the impacts of municipal conservation.]

February 20, 2014: National Weather Service Cites Increased Drought Potential for Our Area

“Drought persistence and expansion are anticipated for California, the Southwest, and the southern Plains due to dry initial conditions heading into the climatologically drier Spring season. CPC 1-Month and 3-Month outlooks tilt the odds towards below-median precipitation over parts of the Southwest and California as well.

While locally heavy precipitation is forecast in the short term for parts of the central and western Gulf Coast, which would ease short term drought conditions, the CPC seasonal outlook indicates enhanced chances of below-median rainfall. With 90-day precipitation totals generally below 75 percent of normal, it is possible for short term drought reductions to be offset by redevelopment later in the Spring.”

February 7, 2014: LCCN Candidates Forum a Success

On Thursday evening, February 7th, LCCN conducted the first of two Candidate Forums it plans for 2014 – each designed to draw candidate discussion of water resource management issues, challenges and solutions. The first Candidate Forum drew over 130 people and involved all 9 candidates in contested Republican races for: candidates forum lccn

Democratic candidates are running unopposed and so were not included on the agenda.

The second Candidates’ Forum planned for mid-October, just before the November general election, will involve all ballot candidates.

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January 23, 2014: Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium

The 2014 Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium theme was “Capitalizing on Water Conservation: Benefits, Opportunities, Requirements, & Lessons Learned.” This symposium was co-sponsored by many public and private organizations in our multi-county region and contained an excellent set of papers all of which are now accessible for reading and download at:

http://texaslivingwaters.org/conferences/gulf-coast-symposium-jan2014/

Particular attention is recommended to the presentation from Liz Fazio, Committee Director, Texas House Committee on Natural Resources. In it she outlines ALL of the water related legislation that passed in the 2013 session, including but not limited to Proposition 6.

January 14, 2014: Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller Releases Texas Water Report

“Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today released a report examining the effects of the water challenges facing our state, and offering up several recommendations to the Legislature which can enable us to stretch our existing supplies further.

The recommendations are laid out in the Comptroller’s new report – Texas Water Report: Going Deeper For The Solution (Open and/or Download report here) -- which revisits the effects of recent drought conditions, examines research-driven approaches for augmenting Texas’ water supply and proposes practical answers for the state’s growing thirst.”

livestock weekly reportDecember 19, 2013: Hydrologists Offer Observations…

In the December 19, 2013 edition of The Livestock Weekly, Collen Schneiber reported on expert hydrologist observations regarding Texas groundwater rules and procedures at the Water Law Institute’s 23rd Annual SuperConference: Texas Water Law – Groundwater & Surface Water (October 2013).

Both Thornhill of Thornhill Group and Harden of Harden & Associates, who are quoted extensively, have been involved in groundwater resource assessments and developments affecting Montgomery County.

There are increasing questions regarding the extent of degradation of Montgomery County’s aquifers and therefore the need for at least the extent of the LSGCD’s current 30% Jasper aquifer reduction mandate beginning in 2016.

Reprinted with permission; view and download the report here.

TX Outdoor water consumptionFall 2013 Report “Before the Tap Runs Dry” Highlights Impact of Municipal Conservation

In the report, "Before the Tap Runs Dry," Kathy White of the Texas Water Resources Institute cites high growth in demand and documents the large impact that municipal residential water conservation can have on water demand and therefore supply throughout Texas.

 

 

 

 

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