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The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, North Texas GCD, Northern Trinity GCD, Prairielands GCD, and the INTERA, Inc. Team have released the Draft Northern Trinity/Woodbine Groundwater Availability Model Report for public comment. This release starts a formal 45-day comment period for all Groundwater Management Area 8 GCDs, regional water planning groups, and the general public. The Upper Trinity GCD will be holding a public hearing June 26 in order to review the Draft Report and to hear public comment. The comment period will conclude July 21.
The management of this aquifer can severely affect future businesses, municipalities, and landowners if unrecognized by the state. Most groundwater districts are organized by county, and thus are able to manage only a portion of an aquifer. Districts managing the same aquifer must coordinate with neighboring districts within their Groundwater Management Area on issues such as management goals and groundwater availability determinations. The state is divided into 16 groundwater management areas. The Draft Report is part of the planning process, through which groundwater availability is determined for the state. Other groundwater management areas are at various stages of trying to get their estimates into regional water plans either by completing goals or by negotiating what groundwater availability estimates will be used. Each district in the GMA 8 will review the Draft Report, including the Northern Trinity/Woodbine Groundwater Availability Model which is new to the report, and provide comments in order to accept or decline the model. It will be the primary tool for understanding any proposed updates to the “desired future conditions,” or DFCs. These characterize groundwater availability throughout the North Texas area, and will be instrumental in the planning process concerning the management of aquifers in the region.
All comments can be made at the public hearing Thursday at 6 p.m. at the district office at 1250 E Hwy 199, Springtown. Please visit the district website at www.uppertrinitygcd.com or call 817-523-5200 for more information. The complete report with appendices can be downloaded from the project website at http://ntwgam.intera.com/reports.html.