On May 25, 2021 The NY Times listed our Houston Galveston area aquifers at risk for subsidence from over production. This link
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/us/corcoran-california-sinking.html?smid=em-share requires a Times subscription while the Jet Propulsion Laboratory link below is informative and free.
California’s San Joaquin Valley is ground-zero for subsidence due to unsustainable groundwater pumping. Most groundwater is used to irrigate crops in the valley, supporting a multi-billion dollar per year farming industry. The following link will take you to a news release from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory about the use of satellite radar data to identify areas of high subsidence:
Lessons learned from this area can be applied to understand subsidence due to pumping from the Gulf Coast Aquifer in our area. As the JPL co-author Cathleen Jones notes, “being able to pinpoint where subsidence is happening helps water resource managers determine why it is happening.” Groundwater managers in Montgomery County need to have similar studies conducted here, and not just rely on sparse GPS station measurements. However, the question is: will they?
On May 14, 2021 our local reporter Jeff Forward published an interview with Woodlands Water General Manager Jim Stinson.
Emily Foxhall, an award winning journalist with the Houston Chronicle, posted an article in the April 19, 2021 Houston Chronicle. Her article does an excellent job describing both sides of the groundwater debate that pits the region's residents against large volume well producers that want to pump without reduction mandates. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/New-goals-would-allow-for-ground-to-sink-in-The-16109699.php
ReduceFlooding.com is hosted by Bob Rehak, a retired Kingwood resident that has dedicated all his resources and extraordinary abilities to reducing flooding in our region. His journalism is of the highest quality, his research second to none.
Bob has posted many articles on the subject of our water wars; his insightful reporting on the actions of the Lone Star board to delay Phase 2 of their subsidence study was spot on. https://reduceflooding.com/2021/04/14/lsgcd-finally-approves-phase-ii-of-subsidence-study-only-one-problem/
The Conroe Courier's Catherine Dominguez broke the recent story regarding the City of Conroe's proposal to lay out the red carpet for Niagra Bottling Company.
Her article created quite a stir and generated much public comment; two days later she penned this follow-up article. https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Conroe-defers-groundwater-lease-for-water-16121981.php
Duke Coon is right, this is wrong for Conroe
And on August 2, 2019 Catherine Dominguez listed economic damages caused by fault activation
Community Impact, a favorite of many with its rich graphics, charts and quotes doesn't disappoint with its coverage of the groundwater debate. In this article, Eva Vigh does a great job of describing both sides of the issue
The Villager's Jeff Forward really has his hand on the pulse of what's happening in The Woodlands. The Woodlands Township board has directed resources to help mitigate flooding by creation of a One Water Task Force, some four years ago, to help facilitate projects with the Woodlands Water Agency to address flooding issues in the area. Jeff's report on this board and the subsidence concern is a part of this May 4, 2021 article.
Penny Bradshaw, a founding member of a grassroots group called W.A.T.E.R. (Water Advocacy to Educate Residents) shares her research on the Niagra Bottling Company threat. Click here for more insight on the proposed 2 million gallons a day of production from the Jasper aquifer.
On May 11, 2021 The Courier reported that Niagra Bottling Company backed off their plans https://www.yourconroenews.com/neighborhood/moco/news/article/Water-bottling-company-backs-out-of-deal-with-16168708.php