Topics for the Burleson & Milam Counties Groundwater Summit announced
The date for the 2022 Milam and Burleson Counties Groundwater Summit has been set for Aug 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.
The Summit is free and open to the public with lunch provided. Topics for this year’s Summit cover a variety of issues. Speakers will discuss the Current Status of Water in Texas. In addition, there will be a presentation about the Texas State Water Plan and the Region G water planning group’s part of the state water plan. Milam and Burleson counties are located in Region G. There will be an update on the popular Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Well Assistance Program (GWAP) and information on Compliance with DFC’s and POSGCD well-monitoring system.
The Master of Ceremonies, Leah Martinson, is the Executive Director of Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD). Martinson recently relocated to Texas from Colorado, where she was a practicing water rights attorney for over 15 years. She has represented the interests of a wide range of water users – from municipal water to agricultural well users. In addition to obtaining new water rights and protecting existing rights for her clients, Leah also participated in Colorado’s statewide water planning process.
She will also join one of the panels to provide an update on interim studies and legislation, which may affect Groundwater Conservation Districts, such as Post Oak Savannah.
“There are going to be some great programs again at this year’s Summit that show how the District works to protect the water in our aquifers,” said Burleson County Judge Keith Schroeder. Judge Steve Young, Milam County Judge, stated, “As empowered by the State of Texas, Post Oak has done an exemplary job of protecting the aquifers below each landowner’s property while preserving each landowner’s right to produce their water.”
Citizens of Milam and Burleson Counties, as well as surrounding areas, can benefit from attending the Groundwater Summit. Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District organizes the event and invites groundwater experts from across Texas to come speak at the local level. It is a great opportunity for people to come and learn about the state’s requirements on local groundwater management and stay up-to-date on current groundwater issues, such as property rights and groundwater management.
POSGCD in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife, is again offering FREE well water testing for landowners in Burleson and Milam Counties. Pick up your sampling packet at Burleson County AgriLife Extension or POSGCD office July 5-14 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Easy to Follow Instructions will be Included with the Sampling Packet. Drop off samples July 5-14 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Burleson County AgriLife or POSGCD office. Results will be given out at the Summit on Aug 18.
For any questions, please contact the POSGCD office at (512) 455-9900, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP to your County Extension office by Aug. 9 if you plan to attend in person. Virtual attendance will be available, details will be available closer to the event. Burleson County Extension office (979) 567-2308. Milam County Extension office (254) 605-0226. For a detailed agenda of the Summit, please visit www.posgcd.org