Click here to read Proposed Rules: 01-08-2019 UTGCD Revised Proposed District Rules for Publication
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 application requirements related thereto; (3) well metering, fees, and reporting requirements for non-exempt registered or permitted wells; (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. These proposed permanent District Rules, along with any other changes to the proposed rules, may be considered and adopted without further notice or hearing based on comments received at the hearing. The Board may act at the hearing or at a hearing or meeting at a later time or date.
This hearing will be held on Monday, January 28, 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 and discussion at the hearing. 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.