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Public Hearing Notice Pursuant to Chapter 36, Texas Water Code, the Refugio County Groundwater Conservation

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Public Hearing Notice

Pursuant to Chapter 36, Texas Water Code, the Refugio County Groundwater Conservation District will conduct a public hearing on the 2013 Refugio County Groundwater Conservation District Management Plan – Proposed at 6:00 P.M. on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Refugio County Groundwater Conservation Office, 604 Commerce Street, Refugio, Texas 78377. The hearing is conducted to receive comments and suggestions from the public concerning the proposed management plan.

The proposed management plan was developed using the district’s best available data and addressed the following management goals, as applicable: (1) providing the most efficient use of groundwater; (2) controlling and preventing waste of groundwater; (3) controlling and preventing subsidence; (4) addressing conjunctive surface water management issues; (5) addressing natural resource issues; (6) addressing drought conditions; (7) addressing conservation, recharge enhancement, rainwater harvesting, precipitation enhancement, or brush control, where appropriate and cost-effective; and (8) addressing the desired future conditions adopted by the district under Section 36.108.

The proposed management plan (1) identifies the performance standards and management objectives under which the district will operate to achieve the management goals; (2) specifies the actions, procedures, performance, and avoidance that are or may be necessary to effect the plan; (3) includes estimates of (A) modeled available groundwater in the district based on the desired future condition established under Section 36.108; (B) the amount of groundwater being used within the district on an annual basis; (C) the annual amount of recharge from precipitation, if any, to the groundwater resources within the district; (D) for each aquifer, the annual volume of water that discharges from the aquifer to springs and any surface water bodies, including lakes, streams, and rivers; (E) the annual volume of flow into and out of the district within each aquifer and between aquifers in the district, if a groundwater availability model is available; (F) the projected surface water supply in the district according to the most recently adopted state water plan; and (G) the projected total demand for water in the district according to the most recently adopted state water plan; and (4) considers the water supply needs and water management strategies included in the adopted state water plan.

A copy of the proposed management plan may be reviewed or copied at the District’s office at 604 Commerce Street, Refugio, Texas 78377. Questions or comments should be directed to Shana P. Niemann, General Manager at Refugio Groundwater Conservation District, 604 Commerce Street, Refugio, Texas 78377 or sniemann@rgcd.org or 361- 526-1483.

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