Across Texas, 100 locally-governed groundwater conservation districts are tasked with regulating groundwater, protecting the groundwater supply and researching conservation methods within their boundaries. However, southwestern Travis County is one of the only areas without a conservation district within the Trinity Aquifer, one of nine major groundwater supplies in the state.

Groundwater, which refers to water found under the earth’s surface, supplies about 60 percent of the water used in the state, said Larry French, director of Texas Water Development Board’s groundwater division, which oversees state and regional groundwater planning.

In a January report to the 85th Legislature, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recommended that a groundwater conservation district be created in southwestern Travis County to further protect the Trinity Aquifer… Read more from Community Impact