LCRA seeks permit for 25,000 acre-feet/yr of groundwater from Griffith Scout Ranch

LCRA Griffith League Ranch Application (2018)

Location of LCRA’s Proposed Wells on Griffith League Scout Ranch, Bastrop County, TX (click map for larger view) The map shows the location of the proposed well-field site in Bastrop County, TX.  The well-field is approximately northeast of FM1441 and northwest of HWY 21 going northeast out of Bastrop.

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) applied with the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District (District) for groundwater operating and transport permits for eight (8) wells, for a total combined maximum annual production of up to 25,000 acre-feet/year on February 21, 2018.  The LCRA acquired groundwater rights in the Simsboro and Carrizo-Wilcox aquifers under the approximately 4,847 acre Griffith League Ranch (GLR) property in Bastrop County on January 9, 2015 by Warranty Deed.  LCRA requested the permits include a phased approach to increase authorized pumping over time with Phase 1 total combined maximum annual production up to 8,000 acre-feet/year, Phase 2 15,000 acre-feet/year and Phase 3 25,000 acre-feet/year.

LCRA claims it has existing firm contractual commitments in excess of 400,000 acre-feet/year for a variety of beneficial uses, including municipal, industrial, recreation, irrigation/agricultural and instream uses. With few exceptions LCRA claims that the contractual commitments generally provide that LCRA may meet its obligations from any source available to LCRA.

Schedule for Public Hearing and Deadline for Registering Objections

The District has scheduled a public hearing on the LCRA Griffith League Ranch Application for:
PUBLIC HEARING on LCRA Griffith League Ranch Application
September 26, 2018, 7:00 PM
Bastrop Convention Center
1408 Chestnut Street
Bastrop, TX 78602

For more information contact the District by calling 512-300-5088 or emailing llpged@lostpineswater.org

For more information regarding a contested case hearings, please see the District’s website FAQ at lostpineswaeer.org/FAQ.aspx

NOTICE – NOTICE – NOTICE – NOTICE

To OBJECT to the LCRA Application you must submit your notice to the Lost Pines GCD FIVE (5) days before the hearing.

OBJECTIONS TO THE LCRA APPLICATION must be received by Lost Pine GCD by September 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Citizens and especially landowners are encouraged to unite and challenge the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation District to address their concerns about the permit’s impacts on water supply and property rights. The District says it is the “only tool available”to protect the water supply of Bastrop and Lee Counties!

For more information call 512-333-0252 or simsboro@fastmail.com
(Please be sure to give your phone/email if we need to contact you before the meeting.)

Click here for a copy of the form needed to register your opposition to the LCRA application

For more information or help with the form contact:

Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund    or    Friends of Bastrop Water

For more information about this permit: http://environmental-stewardship.org/lost-pines-groundwater-conservation-district/lcra-griffith-league-ranch-application-2018/

 

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