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District Installs Dataloggers

Posted on July 6th, 2015

The Upper Trinity GCD has purchased 14 new dataloggers for wells in its water well monitoring network which was established in 2010. The dataloggers are set to measure water well levels every hour and will be recorded by District staff each month. The automatic datalogging equipment is permanently installed in the designated wells, which will offer the District significantly more information than recorded in the quarterly readings made by District staff. Review of the hourly readings has already shown potential areas of recharge in the District which were previously unidentified. The District includes over 200 wells throughout the District. The program provides the District with localized information on particular areas of concern and insight into the health of the aquifers in the selected regions. Due to the progress of the District's program in purchasing the new dataloggers, more information will be readily available to the public and to District hydrologists. This new info...Read More

Groundwater shortage limits development in Parker Co.

Posted on March 20th, 2015

A subdivision is being put on hold due to a ground water shortage(Photo: WFAA) Demand is growing for nice rural subdivisions in west Parker County, but when a developer tried to build a new one next to a neighborhood near Brock, he ran into the new reality: not enough water. "There would be times when it would draw down the aquifer quite a bit. Some of those wells may not be able to produce," said Doug Shaw, a general manager of the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation district. The district was created six years ago to protect water supplies. It allows only one well for every two acres. The developer proposed one well per acre for 34 lots. Shaw says on a hot day, 34 new wells could quickly drop the aquifer level. "Like 10 feet in a half hour or so. Once stabilized it would come back up," Shaw said. A nearby monitoring well shows a stair step decline over the last 10 years -- a decrease of about eight feet, or roughly 25 percent. ...Read More

District Will Test Private Wells for Coliform Bacteria

Posted on January 30th, 2015

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (UTGCD) has purchased the equipment to test for coliform bacteria in water wells. Currently the District is not charging a fee for the test. The analyses are performed in accordance with analytical methods approved by the EPA, Texas Water   Development Board, the Hach Co., or Idexx Laboratories, Inc. UTGCD in-house analyses are not state-certified. The analysis results are intended to be representative of the water quality on the day of sampling only, and future samples from the same site may yield different results. “Coliform bacteria are a group of microorganisms commonly found in soil, surface water, and on plants. They are also present in the intestines of animals and humans. Coliform bacteria that are washed into the ground by rain are usually filtered out as the water goes through the soil and into groundwater systems. However, poorly constructed, cracked or unsealed wells can provide a path for coliform bacteria to enter...Read More

Update of the Northern Trinity/Woodbine Groundwater Availability Model

Posted on April 14th, 2013

In 2012 the North Texas Groundwater Conservation District, the Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District, and the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (the Districts) formed an Inter-local Agreement to fund the update of the Northern Trinity/Woodbine Groundwater Availability Model (NTW GAM). This unique cooperation between districts was born out of a recognition of the potential benefits that an improved modeling tool would provide in the regional joint planning process (GMA-8) and in management of groundwater resources within their Districts. The revised GAM will also provide a new and improved tool for all the districts within GMA-8. The team is led by INTERA, Inc. a Texas based Corporation. We are teamed with LBG-Guyton and the Bureau of Economic Geology. Specifically, the NTW GAM update efforts include: developing a more detailed characterization of aquifers within the boundaries of the Districts; improving and ...Read More

Educational Exhibit Calls for Conservation

Posted on March 18th, 2013

On January 18, Upper Trinity GCD began visiting local schools and communities with an educational exhibit to promote groundwater awareness and conservation practices. It consists of a working model of an aquifer, educational videos, and oil and gas demonstrational material to show the processes of water in hydraulic fracturing. The exhibit is housed in a 24-foot enclosed trailer that is ADA-accessible and equipped with heating and cooling system depending on weather conditions. District staff demonstrates the aquifer model and answers questions during the scheduled visit about the effects of groundwater withdrawal and the purpose of registering water wells.The curriculum focuses on the TEKS objectives for groundwater and aquifers as well as the importance of water conservation. The exhibit has visited numerous schools in Montague and Parker counties, reaching nearly 850 students in Spring 2013. The Upper Trinity GCD has identified water conservation as a key factor in protectin...Read More

Upper Trinity Extends Groundwater Level Monitoring Program

Posted on February 4th, 2013

Despite recent rainfall, water level trends from this past year show that one year cannot make up for an extended period of severe drought. It will take more than relying on the weather to return the aquifer to stability, and if you have a water well, the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District invites your participation in a groundwater level monitoring program that will help reveal the future of groundwater availability for the counties of Montague, Wise, Parker, and Hood. The District has partnered with a geosciences firm to assess groundwater levels more accurately and will rely on the permission of individual well owners to obtain accurate well-level readings. Once the well location is determined and permission is granted, a field technician will monitor the well once every three months. This will give participating well owners an inclusive evaluation of the characteristics of the aquifer supplying their well. The benefits of participating in the well monitoring program...Read More

Groundwater ruling balances conservation and property rights

Posted on July 24th, 2012

By Billy Howe TFB State Legislative Director The long-awaited decision from the Texas Supreme Court on the Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day McDaniel makes it clear that the landowner owns the groundwater in place as part of their land. Prior to the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling, landowners were in jeopardy of losing the critical legal balance between governmental regulation and private property rights. It is a balance that applies to all private property rights, not just groundwater. Whether is a federal, state or local regulation, landowners have a legal right to challenge unreasonable regulation of their property. The Texas Supreme Court compared the ownership of groundwater to oil and gas. The Railroad Commission of Texas has regulated the drilling for and pumping of oil and gas for over 100 years. The commission requires permits, dictates well-spacing and limits the pumping of oil and gas each month to prevent waste. Ownership of oil and gas doesn’t prevent regulation...Read More

Upper Trinity GCD Monitoring Water Wells

Posted on September 14th, 2011

Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has a monitoring well program in place. A total of 108 water wells in the District's four counties (Montague, Wise, Parker, and Hood) are monitored on a quarterly basis....Read More

Upper Trinity GCD Can Assist With Water Well Information

Posted on April 24th, 2010

When it comes to water wells, Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District has information for residents wanting a new water well, as well as for those with existing wells. Established by voters in Montague, Wise, Parker, and Hood counties in November 2007, Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (UTGCD) has a multi-faceted mission which includes ensuring availability and accessibility of groundwater for future generations. Success for this facet of the mission means new water wells must comply with the spacing requirements established by the eight-member UTGCD Board of Directors. Spacing requirements are addressed on the UTGCD’s New Well Application, a form for residents wanting a new water well. Most water well drillers in the four-county District are familiar with the application and can greatly assist with its completion. “One of the first steps for a landowner wanting a new water well on his or her property is to find a driller. The New Well Application has s...Read More

New Type Of ‘Farming’ May Affect Groundwater

Posted on March 1st, 2010

While North Texas’ farming history is extensive, a new type of “farming” is gaining the attention of area residents. Land farming is a technique for waste disposal involving the spreading of wastes on the land surface, explained Dr. Bob Patterson, general manager of the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (UTGCD). Typically, land farming is performed in areas adjacent to reserve pits used in the oil and gas industry. Patterson pointed out that the “farmed” land is then tilled and seeded with in-situ bacteria which eventually biodegrades the waste material. The growing plants absorb portions of the chemicals found in the fluids from the pits. This farming system controls waste migration and provides a safe means of disposal without impairing the potential of the land for future use, according to the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency which regulates land farming and reserve pits. UTGCD is a voter-approved agency which has developed rules for prote...Read More