Below you can find short descriptions of and links to water planning groups that BCRAGD is a part of, and related associations and groups that assist in future groundwater legislation.
“The mission of the Regional Water Planning Section is to guide and support planning of the state’s water resources by administering and assisting in the development of the regional and state water plans. Activities include: provide direct technical and administrative assistance to the regional water planning groups; water planning data collection, analysis, and dissemination; fund and manage regional planning contracts; serve as liaisons (non-voting member) to regional water planning groups; manage research and facility planning grant contracts; and review financial assistance loan applications.” -Texas Water Development Board
Region J consists of Bandera, Edwards, Kerr, Kinney, Real, and Val Verde counties.
Groundwater Management Areas (GMAs) were created “in order to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of the groundwater, and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, and to control subsidence caused by withdrawal of water from those groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, consistent with the objectives of Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, groundwater management areas may be created…” (Texas Water Code Section 35.001)
Each GMA must produce management plans during 5-year planning cycles which consist of Desired Future Conditions (DFCs) proposed by the GMA using the Modeled Available Groundwater (MAG) produced by Texas Water Development Board. Desired future conditions are defined in Title 31, Part 10, §356.10 (6) of the Texas Administrative Code as “the desired, quantified condition of groundwater resources (such as water levels, spring flows, or volumes) within a management area at one or more specified future times as defined by participating groundwater conservation districts within a groundwater management area as part of the joint planning process.”