2009-10-29 / Community News

SWCDS Support Conservation Districts Current Authority

Soil and Water Conservation District Directors attending the 69th annual meeting of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Arlington, and who represent the state's 216 soil and water conservation districts (SWCDS), agreed to support Texas Groundwater District's current authority to manage the conservation, preservation protection, recharging and prevention of waste of groundwater throughout the state.

Larry Drgac, Chairman of the Trans Pecos SWCD with headquarters in Fort Stockton, and whose district sponsored the resolution of support said, "There is a concern, that though recent legislation failed to pass, there will be continued effort to create a water supply district with expansive powers which could impact the State's current Groundwater Conservation Districts' ability to achieve their statutory purposes.

"In short, Texas SWCDS do not favor any new entity that would add another level of bureaucracy that would diminish and compromise the authority and jurisdiction of local groundwater conservation districts," Drgac added.

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