The District’s management plan satisfies the requirements of SB 1, SB2, HB 1763, the statutory requirements of Texas Water Code (TWC) Chapter 36, and the rules and requirements of the Texas Water Development Board.
This plan further addresses the process established by the District to monitor changes in the aquifer, communicate to the public the findings made by the District, and ensure that the plan can adapt through time to meet the needs of the stakeholders of Hemphill County and achieve the Desired Future Condition.
The rules of the District are intended to be consistent with and implement the objectives of the District’s enabling legislation, Chapter 36 Texas Water Code, the District’s management plan, and other general laws applicable to the District, as may be amended. The District has adopted rules that regulate the use of groundwater with well spacing, well permitting and production limits.
Application & Forms
Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District is a regulatory entity whose jurisdiction encompasses all of Hemphill County. The District has adopted rules that regulate the use of groundwater with well spacing, well permitting and production limits. Every well in Hemphill County is to be registered or permitted based on its exempt or non exempt use status.
Permit Applications and forms coming soon.
Maps & Reports
The Ogallala Aquifer is a vast aquifer that lies beneath the surface in parts of eight states. It is a finite resource that is currently being mined (withdrawing more than is being recharged). Each State, each district and each county may have varying levels of pumpage, recharge, and decline. The diversification of uses and conditions will result in varying availabilities for pumpage.
In order to protect property rights, balance the conservation and development of groundwater to meet the needs of this state, the District will use the best available science to make policy decisions.