Our homes, roads and businesses are structurally supported by the groundwater aquifers below us, so excessive groundwater use causes sinking. Areas of South Montgomery County have already sunk 1’ in the past 20 years activating faulting and reducing the ability of rainwater to drain. New rules are being proposed which will INCREASE the amount of groundwater being used and so increase sinking.
This is your chance to provide feedback to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District regarding these new rules. We recommend NOT APPROVING these new rules, but instead REDUCING groundwater use to sustainable levels, and including subsidence measurement requirements. Here’s why:
Therefore, rather than increasing groundwater use and risk irreversible and negligent subsidence, we believe a more prudent approach is to limit groundwater use to prevent subsidence, and ramp up use of surface water to meet growing demand.
Public feedback is critical to let the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) know how you feel about the rate of groundwater use and risk of future subsidence. You can provide feedback prior to July 19 by:
Or during public comment periods at monthly LSGCD meetings: https://www.lonestargcd.org/meetings-1