To read the proposed rules, click here: UTGCD Proposed Rules for June 2019 Public Hearing


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all interested persons in Hood, Montague, Parker, and Wise Counties, Texas:

That the Board of Directors of the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (“District”) will hold a public hearing, accept public comment, and may act to adopt the permanent District Rules regulating water wells within the boundaries of the District, including Hood, Montague, Parker, and Wise Counties, Texas.  Prior to its adoption of these permanent rules, the District operated under its Temporary Rules for Water Wells, initially adopted by the District’s Board of Directors (“Board”) on August 18, 2008.  The proposed permanent District Rules include without limitation the following: (1) classification of wells and applicable requirements for each type of well based on size, capacity, purpose of use of groundwater, and date of drilling; (2) requirements for registration and/or permitting of water wells, including Historic Use Permits and Operating Permits, and applicable fees; (3) recording and groundwater production reporting requirements for large non-domestic wells (private wells used for household and agricultural purposes are exempt from reporting); (4) well location, spacing, completion, and minimum tract size requirements, and the process for seeking exceptions to any such requirements; (5) pumping reductions and other aquifer management measures to be implemented as necessary to meet desired future conditions for an aquifer or layer of an aquifer within the District; (6) requirements specific to wells owned or operated by retail public utilities; (7) enforcement policy and penalty schedule, including administrative and civil penalties for a violation of  District Rules; and (8) hearings processes and procedures relating to permits and amendments to permits, rulemaking, enforcement, and desired future conditions.


This hearing will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the District office located at 1859 West Highway 199, Springtown, Texas 76082.  Any person who desires to appear at the hearing and present comment or other information on the proposed adoption of permanent District Rules may do so in person, by legal representative, or both.  Comments may be presented verbally or in written form.  Limits may be placed on the amount of time that each person is allowed to present verbal comments.  Persons interested in submitting written comments on the proposed amendments may do so by sending any such comments to P.O. Box 1749, Springtown, Texas 76082.   The Board may act to adopt the rules as proposed or with additional changes based upon comments received, and may act at the hearing or at a hearing or meeting at a later time or date.  The hearing posted in this notice may be recessed from day to day or continued where appropriate.


The public hearing is available to all persons regardless of disability. If you require special assistance to attend the hearing, please contact the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District at (817) 523-5200 at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.


A copy of the proposed permanent District Rules may be requested by email at, is available for reviewing or downloading at, and may be reviewed, inspected, or obtained in person at the District office located at 1859 West Highway 199, Springtown, Texas 76082.  For more information, contact the District’s General Manager, Doug Shaw, at (817) 523-5200.