Needmore Ranch, a 5000 acre ranch adjacent to Montesino Ranch in Wimberely, has applied to the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) for a groundwater production permit for approximately 289,000,000 gallons of groundwater a year.
Recently, on November 15, 2016, BSEACD issued a preliminary decision proposing to grant Needmore a production permit for its requested amount— approximately 289,000,000 gallons a year with conditions that require Needmore to reduce pumping based on measured drawdown in a monitoring well.
289,000,000 gallons is enough water for a 2400 home subdivision or 37,542 head of cattle. It would cover the 5000 acre ranch with about 2 inches of water
BSEACD hydrogeologists have projected that this amount of pumping will cause a total projected drawdown of the Trinity Aquifer of 140 feet as far as two miles from the well, possibly lowering the water level below the top of the Middle Trinity Aquifer.
TESPA plans on contesting BSEACD’s decision to issue a permit to Needmore. Several landowners nearby Needmore Ranch have agreed to join TESPA so that TESPA may contest the permit on their behalf.
If you are interested in getting involved in this effort or are concerned about your groundwater, please contact Vanessa Puig-Williams, Executive Director of TESPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join TESPA and make a donation, visit our website at www.tespatexas.org.