National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 5-11, 2017

Posted on March 7th, 2017

March 5 – 11 is National Groundwater Awareness Week, and regardless of whether or not you are a well owner, groundwater is an important resource for everyone. Below is some useful information that might help to make sure everyone can do their part to keep this precious resource protected. What is groundwater? Groundwater is underground water that fills voids, cracks, and other openings in soil and sand to form what are known as aquifers. The major aquifer in our area is the Trinity Aquifer. Fact: Americans use 79.3 billion gallons of groundwater a day.* Why is groundwater important? Not only do many people in rural areas depend on private water wells as their sole source of water, but many public water providers also utilize groundwater if surface water is not available. Fact: 1 out of 9 people across the world don’t have access to clean water and over 840,000 people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene related illnesses. This means gro...Read More

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) For Architectural/Engineering Design Services

Posted on January 27th, 2017

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (the “District”) is a groundwater conservation district created by the Texas Legislature in 2007.  The District’s mandate is to conserve, protect, and enhance all groundwater resources within Hood, Montague, Parker, and Wise Counties, Texas. The District’s Board of Directors is now considering building a permanent facility for the District’s office. In accordance with its statutory authority, the District hereby invites you to submit a Statement of Qualifications leading to the possible award of a contract for architectural or engineering design services, as further described herein, for the development of a new District office facility. A copy of the Request for Qualifications (”RFQ”) package in its entirety, including scope of work, is available here: UTGCD RFQ for Architectural Services or by request made to the District....Read More

What Realtors Need to Know

Posted on August 29th, 2016

What are the requirements for water well disclosure as real property? House Bill 1221, affecting all transfers taking place January 1, 2016 or later, requires sellers of residential real estate to disclose whether any part of a property is in a groundwater conservation district (GCD) or subsidence district. It officially incorporates groundwater as an important component of real property, but the law expressly states that it does not apply “unless the seller has actual knowledge on the date of the notice that the real property is located” in a GCD, and does not “create any duty for any person to investigate to determine if the residential real property is located” in a GCD. So if you simply don’t know, you’re not required to find out.¹ If property you own is in a GCD, you have an opportunity --and some would say responsibility-- to be informed and involved in its rulemaking and operations. Groundwater districts exist for the protection of shared groundwater, to ensure l...Read More

Public Hearing PowerPoint Available

Posted on May 25th, 2016

Click to view a copy of the powerpoint presentation made by Doug Shaw during the public comment portion of the proposed desired future conditions ("DFCs") with relevant information about the current DFCs, timelines, and pumping scenarios for the Trinity Aquifer in the areas of Montague, Parker, Wise, and Hood counties....Read More


Posted on May 2nd, 2016

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS UPPER TRINITY GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT Notice is hereby given to all interested persons in Hood, Montague, Parker and Wise Counties that the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, which is located within Groundwater Management Area (GMA) 8, as designated by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), which also includes the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District, Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District, Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, North Texas Groundwater Conservation District, Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District, Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District, Red River Groundwater Conservation District, Saratoga Underground Water Conservation District, and Southern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, will hold two public hearings to discuss and receive public comments regarding proposed Desired Future Conditions ("DFCs") for ...Read More

Native Texas Plants Save Groundwater

Posted on April 20th, 2016

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Licensed to Grow By Barbra Rodriguez A wet year in many parts of Texas may have you wondering whether to spend time replacing landscape greenery that requires frequent watering. Unfortunately, Texas’ burgeoning population will likely intensify water restrictions, and long-range forecasts still include drought. ABOVE: A closeup of the mix of seven native grasses that were compared to bermudagrass and buffalograss in the 2011 study at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. By Bruce Leander, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. One way take a major chunk out of future watering bills is to replace your traditional lawn of Bermudagrass or other non-native grasses with one that requires less water and other resources. The good news is the Wildflower Center’s native turfgrass, Habiturf® will soon be available as sod. The turfgrass that includes Buffalograss and two other short grass species found in the South has been licensed by The Un...Read More

Water Well Report by County

Posted on February 25th, 2016

SPRINGTOWN--  Based on Driller’s Reports submitted to the Texas Water Development Board, there were more wells drilled within the boundaries of the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in 2015 than in any of the other 100 groundwater districts in the state. Further, there were more new water wells reported in Parker County (559) than in any other county, said UTGCD General Manager, Doug Shaw. Also, of the 254 counties in Texas, all four of the Counties within the boundaries of the District fell within the top 75 most active counties in the state: Wise County had the 12th most new wells (247), Montague County 59th (78) and Hood County 72nd (67). “Once thought of as an unending supply of water, modern science and on-the-ground data are now showing us that many areas within the District may potentially face groundwater shortages in the future,” Shaw said. “The District currently takes underground water level readings at approximately 150 wells in the four c...Read More

Work Session and Board Meeting

Posted on December 14th, 2015

The public is invited to attend a Work Session of the Upper Trinity Groundwater District to be held in the UTGCD Boardroom located at 1250 E Hwy 199 Springtown, Texas at 3:00 pm on Monday, December 14. The purpose of this meeting is to inform non-exempt well owners and stakeholders of upcoming decisions regarding Desired Future Conditions and the development of permanent rules. The goal of this meeting is to bring as many of the public as possible up to speed on the information the District has been developing to help aid our decision making and to begin to formulate a plan as to how we can work together moving forward. The plan is for staff to make a 30-45 minute presentation regarding: Overview of GW management in Texas, including why local control is the ideal method DFC process in general Currently adopted DFCs Discussions regarding proposed DFCs Timeline for DFC adoption and the subsequent rule-making that will follow After the presentation, the UTGCD Board of ...Read More


Posted on August 31st, 2015

Does it cost anything to register my well? There is no charge for registering an existing well (drilled before 2009). What if I need to drill a new well? You must register your new well PRIOR to drilling. Oftentimes, a drilling company will register the well on your behalf but the responsibility falls on the landowner. Check with your driller. In addition, all new wells must comply with, or obtain a variance for, the following rules: Property must be at least 2 acres. Well must be drilled at least 50 feet from the nearest property line. Well must be drilled at least 150 ft away from any other registered wells. To see a full list of requirements, click here. To apply for an exception to the minimum spacing requirements you can download a copy of the form here. What if I purchased property with a well already on it? As the current landowner you are required to file a registration form to show a transfer of ownership. What does the District do with the information on the regis...Read More

District Reviews Preliminary Management Plan on July 20

Posted on July 10th, 2015

The District will be taking public comment at the July 20 board meeting on their Management Plan   After evaluating water availability and existing supplies and identifying water needs for the counties of Montague, Parker, Wise, and Hood, the District will be submitting their technical data to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in late July 2015. This is a critical step in the ultimate development of desired future conditions and water planning groups throughout the region. A public hearing has been set to gather public input on the proposed recommendations, as well as to present the final draft of the Management Plan to members of the Board. Public comment will be accepted at the hearing held at the July 20 board meeting at 5pm at the District office located at 1250 E Hwy 199, Springtown, Texas. A copy of the preliminary plan may also be viewed or downloaded by clicking here. A copy of the plan may also be obtained by contacting the District at 817-523-...Read More