Lost Pines Upholds Forestar’s 12K Acre Feet of Water Permits
In a regular meeting held Wednesday, July 17, the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District Board (LPGCD) voted to uphold their findings to grant Forestar Real Estate Group, Inc. permits to withdraw 12,000 acre feet of groundwater per year from the Simsboro aquifer, which they approved last May.
LPGCD, at the July meeting, adopted the “Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law on Applications of Forestar Real Estate Group, Inc. for Operating Permits and Transport Permits” (Findings). The Findings showed that the permits are consistent with the District’s duty to manage the total groundwater production and is a reasonable estimate of the amount of groundwater that is actually produced under permits issued by the District, and yearly precipitation and production patterns. A copy of the Findings is available from the LPGCD.
Forestar originally applied for authorization to pump up to 45,000 acre feet of water per year from the Simsboro, to be used for drinking water supply purposes in Bastrop, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson Counties. At that same May meeting, the Board heard from three other entities requesting permits for wells, including LCRA for 10,000 acre feet of water, who was awarded 5,000 acre feet; Mesquite Water Properties, which was granted 3,360 acre feet of water, and a preliminary request from End OP for 14 wells to withdraw 56,000 acre feet of water. No action was taken on the End Op request.
Forestar has 20 days, from the July 17 meeting, to request a rehearing on their original application.