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April Newsletter 2014

We have been blessed with some rainfall in our district this winter. But we are still behind our average for 2014. Luckily our ponds and reservoirs are full, but the outlook is bleak. Overall, Texas is still in the drought cycle. 57% of the state is still in drought conditions compared to 77% this time last year. Statewide reservoir levels are rated as 64% full. Normal reservoir level for this time of year is 82%. The Nielsen-Gammon report said an El Nino might develop later this year, but even if it does, its effects will not be in time to offset another dry, hot summer. Even a strong El Nino, one that would bring moisture into the southwest, would not bring relief until fall. The trend of hotter summers that has persisted for the past few years will likely continue. That means more evaporation and more water demand. Overall we have seen a slight increase in reservoir levels, but a slight worsening of drought conditions. West Texas was described as continued and developing drought with parts of the Texas Gulf Coast also considered in continued drought status. Unfortunately, making up that deficit is not likely to occur this spring. We still don’t have a good jet-stream pattern to bring us plentiful moisture and there is no sign of it developing. Our drought in Texas extends far west into California and north into the mountain states.

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January Newsletter 2014

The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources has been approved by voters last November. Let’s hope this process is a workable solution and does not get mired in govern- mental red tape that makes the process unworkable for our rural water systems and other entities who might want to borrow from the fund.

Many groundwater districts across the state are working on their DFC. That is Desired Future Conditions for the aqui- fers in their Groundwater Management Area. The Piney- woods Groundwater Conservation District is a part of GMA-11, which encompasses Angelina County all the way north to the Red River and all the counties in NE Texas. The only groundwater districts in GMA-11 are in the south- ern part of the area and will be trying to make decisions that affect the health of the aquifers under our area. We all want water to be available to all who want to utilize it. What’s of concern is the increased demand on our ground- water as a water source while surface lakes are being harder and harder to develop as a water source. 

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