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Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone to Help Protect Cypress Creek Watershed Well Owners During Drought

In response to community requests for additional protections in Wimberley Valley’s Cypress Creek Watershed, The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors passed new rules to protect water resources and springflow during drought.

“I believe the intent of the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone is not only to protect the flow of Cypress Creek, but also to protect the resources and property of the citizens that reside in the Wimberley Valley.“ Hays County Commissioner Precinct 3, Lon Shell

The Board created the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone based on findings from a multi-agency scientific study headed up by Edwards Aquifer Authority and the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment hydrogeologists.

Those findings support a year-long stakeholder process designed to get consensus support from all user group representatives. Stakeholder participants from Hays County Precinct 3, local Water Supply Corporations, developers, Blue Hole, the Villages of Wimberley, Woodcreek and Wimberley, and local small business owners reached accord on large volume commercial pumping limitations during drought.

New rules will require cutbacks in pumping in the 39mi2 Groundwater Management Zone when Jacob’s Well flow falls below 6-cubic feet per second. Pumping cutbacks will increase as flow diminishes.

Hays Trinity GCD Board President Linda Kaye Rogers says “The District recognizes that these rules are not designed to guarantee local spring flow at Jacob’s Well or at Pleasant Valley Springs — but rather to prolong healthy aquifer conditions and help protect local water wells during drought conditions.”

“There is nothing the District can do to create new water during drought.” Says District Manager Charlie Flatten. “This is a shared resource and all users have a shared interest in making sure that all water is used in a responsible fashion for essential purposes.”

Cutbacks only apply to the ten largest groundwater users in the Zone including Aqua and Wimberley WSC.  See District Management Zone webpage for details.
A No Drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors in ORDER 176 on June 17, 2015
Comptroller Leadership Circle Award
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Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District was awarded the Silver Leadership Circle Award. The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program in December 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online. More information on the program is available here.

 

Alarm Stage Drought Declaration
An Alarm Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors and unanimously enacted in ORDER 175 on March 1, 2015
Critical Stage Drought Declaration
A Critical Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors effective June 1, 2013.
Alarm Stage Drought Declaration
An Alarm Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors and unanimously enacted in ORDER 157 on September 1, 2012.
Drought Stage Returns to Voluntary Conservation
A Voluntary Conservation drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors effective April 11, 2012. For full details, please see the order.
Critical Stage Drought Declaration
A Critical Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors effective August 1, 2011. For full details, please see the announcement and order.
Alarm Stage Drought Declaration
An Alarm Stage drought declaration was sanctioned by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors and unanimously enacted in ORDER 149 on May 9, 2011.
The order mandates that Non-Exempt Permit holders to reduce their use of groundwater by 20% of their total yearly permit production. The order also requests that Exempt well owners reduce their use by 20%.
For full details, please see the press release and the order.