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Become an Informed Watershed Steward
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 12, 2009

On Thursday, August 20th, at 6:30 pm the South Llano Watershed Alliance (SLWA) will host an educational program at the dining hall of the Texas Tech Center in Junction. The purpose of the program is to inform landowners and the public of the roles groundwater management areas, local groundwater districts, research stations, and prescribed burn associations all play in addressing the growing water issues in Texas.

Caroline Runge, Menard County Groundwater Conservation District (GCD) manager, will give an overview of Groundwater Management Areas (GMA) 7 and the major issues it faces. GMA’s were created in order to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of the groundwater, and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, and to control subsidence caused by withdrawal of water from those groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions. Groundwater Management Area 7, made up of 23 counties and 20 Groundwater Conservation Districts, is one of 16 Groundwater Management Areas in Texas.

Kimble County GCD board member, Nancy Nunn, along with manager Jerry Kirby, will give an overview of our local GCD and their issues and needs. The 95 Groundwater Conservation Districts are the state’s preferred method of groundwater management and are required to develop and implement a management plan, approved by the Texas Water Development Board, for the effective management of their groundwater resources.

Dr. Butch Taylor with the Sonora Research Station will give an overview of the research done at the station and the value of land management practices to water conservation. Charles Hagood, treasurer of the Kimble County chapter of the Edwards Plateau Prescribed Burn Association, will explain the role burn associations play in this form of land management.

As a SLWA member recently said, “After a rain our rain gauges tell us how much rainfall we got or did not get in our watersheds, and there’s not much we can do but empty them. As landowners and citizens, if we’re informed about the laws and actions relating to our watersheds, we can act to influence a positive outcome while maintaining our rights.”

South Llano Watershed Alliance is made up of landowners and interested stakeholders whose mission is to preserve and enhance the South Llano River and adjoining watersheds by encouraging land and water stewardship through collaboration, education, and community participation.

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