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
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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