Montana water users are watching the growing water rights dispute in Washington, because Montana has looked at aspects of Washington’s approach to water rights as an example to follow.
Texas is facing many of the same challenges as California: drought, population growth, and groundwater depletion. California is in a state of crisis. And there is one aspect of California’s water administration that Texas shares: a patchwork approach to management. How can Texas avoid the same fate?
House Bill 1221, recently signed into Texas law, requires sellers of residential real estate to disclose whether any part of a property is in a groundwater conservation district (GCD) or subsidence district. The law affects all transfers taking place January 1, 2016 or later. By not investigating this for yourself, you could be in for an unwelcome surprise after you close on a property.
Groundwater conservation, starting with local measurement and involvement, is a crucial piece of the water puzzle in Texas. The number of water users is growing fast, and they’re all drawing out of the same shared savings account. It pays to be informed because increased awareness and engagement can lead to potential solutions. And as the saying goes: If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.
In 1993, the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) permitted developers to build large housing subdivisions without review of the adverse effect to senior water rights. Water-right holders and conservation groups sued the DNRC to overturn the rule. In this week’s post Nancy Zalutsky offers a new permitting proposal that might settle the various, competing interests.
The complex relationship between wells and aquifers is something all well owners, prospective owners, and groundwater stakeholders would benefit from a basic understanding of. Today’s post outlines key aspects of evaluating a well based the hydrological features, water quality, and the legal rights and obligations associated with it.