BPGCD Current Rules

The District Rules are promulgated under the District’s Chapter 36 statutory authority to make and enforce rules to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, and recharge of groundwater and aquifers within Blanco County. These Rules are also intended to minimize the draw down of the water table, minimize the reduction of artesian pressure, control subsidence, prevent interference between wells, prevent the degradation of the quality of groundwater, prevent waste of groundwater, preserve historic use of groundwater, give consideration to the service needs of retail water utilities, and carry out the powers and duties conferred under Chapter 36.

These Rules, and any orders, regulations, requirements, resolutions, policies, directives, standards, guidelines, management plan, or other regulatory measures implemented by the Board, have been promulgated to fulfill these objectives. These Rules may not be construed to limit, restrict, or deprive the District or Board of any exercise of any power, duty, or jurisdiction conferred by Chapter 36 or any other applicable law or statute. The Board shall develop rules that are fair and impartial, and shall consider all groundwater uses and needs. The Board is authorized to make and enforce rules limiting groundwater production based on tract size or the spacing of wells.


TEXAS Water Code Chapter 36

In order to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of groundwater, and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, and to control subsidence caused by withdrawal of water from those groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, consistent with the objectives of Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, groundwater conservation districts may be created as provided by this chapter. Groundwater conservation districts created as provided by this chapter are the state ’s preferred method of groundwater management through rules developed, adopted, and promulgated by a district in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1010, Sec. 4.21, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 966, Sec. 2.30, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.


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