Created by Texas Legislation in 2017 - The Southwestern Travis County Conservation District (“District”) was created by House Bill 4345 during the recent session of the Texas Legislature. The legislation became effective on September 1, 2017.
District Territory – Subject to a confirmation election, the District's territory includes a portion of the southwest corner of Travis County and is bound by the Colorado River to the north, and to the west by Blanco and Burnet Counties, to the southwest by Hays County, to the southeast by the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.
Board of Directors of District – The District is led by a 7 member Board of Directors, currently a “temporary” board, with members appointed by the county judge of Travis County, the county commissioner for the precinct in which the District is principally located, the state representative who represents the Texas House district in which the District is principally located, and the state senator who represents the Texas Senate district in which the District is principally located. Directors will be elected at the same election as the vote to confirm the creation of the District by residents of the City of Bee Caves, the City of Lakeway, Village of the Hills, and the City of West Lake Hills, as well as by residents in the District’s territory beyond the municipal boundaries of those listed municipalities.
Funding for District Operations – The District's operation and activities are funded by fees. The District does not have the authority to impose property taxes.
The State's Preferred Method of Groundwater Management - The Texas Legislature has clearly provided that GCDs are the state’s preferred method of groundwater management. GCDs conserve, manage, and protect the groundwater resources within the boundaries of the GCDs. GCDs help to ensure there will be groundwater in the future as the population of Texas increases and the demand for groundwater increases.
Representation at GMA 9 Planning Group – The existence of a GCD allows an area to have a vote in the Groundwater Management Area (“GMA”) process. GMA 9 covers a portion of Central Texas and includes all or portions of Blanco, Kendall, Kerr, Bandera, Medina, Bexar, Comal, Hays, and Travis Counties. GMA 9 is currently making important decisions on the future availability of groundwater in Central Texas and these decisions will have long-term effects on the region.
Regulation of Groundwater Exportation – A GCD can regulate the exportation of groundwater from areas within its boundaries. A GCD can make certain the water wells used to export water are properly spaced and do not overproduce to negatively impact the local groundwater resources.