Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PGCD Scholarship Deadline Nearing

Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) offers a scholarship to all high school graduating seniors within the District (Armstrong, Carson, Donley, Gray, Potter, Roberts and Wheeler counties) that are planning to further their education. Tuition costs are high and scholarships can tremendously help in reducing down these costs, so take advantage of the PGCD scholarship program and apply.

PGCD established a scholarship program in 2002 and has since given away $108,000 to District students. First place is awarded a four year scholarship of $4,000, second place receives $3,000 and $2,000 goes to third place. Only graduating seniors from the District are eligible to apply. Applicants must write a 500-1,000 word essay on the topic chosen by the District. In order to receive the scholarship, recipients are required to enroll as a full-time student, attend the college of their choice the fall semester immediately following selection and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

The 2014/2015 essay topic is:

“Due to continuing drought conditions in many parts of the state and a growing population, Texas is considering alternative water sources such as Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) and use of Brackish Groundwater. In your opinion, what would the advantages and disadvantages be to the use of ASR and Brackish Groundwater?


The deadline for the application is Friday, February 13. Applications and additional information can be found online at the Amarillo Area Foundation’s website: www.amarilloareafoundation.org.


Friday, January 30, 2015

84th Texas Legislative Session

The governing body of Texas greatly changed after the November 2014 election. Many new faces are present this month in the start of the 84th Texas legislative session which began on January 13, 2015.

The House of Representatives had twenty-five new representatives come into office and at least nine new committee chairs. The Senate has sworn in eight new Senators and has at least four new committee chairs. Texas has a newly elected Governor, Greg Abbott. Dan Patrick was elected Lieutenant Governor, Senator Glenn Hegar replaced Susan Combs and is sworn in as the new Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and new Senators include Bob Hall, Brandon Creighton, Paul Bettencourt, Louis Kolkerst, Van Taylor, Konni Burton, Don Huffines and Charles Perry. The House of Representative welcomed some 25 new members.

Many issues will be discussed this year concerning the future of Texas. Of those topics, one that the state has faced for many years now is the water supply for the growing state of Texas. Issues such as Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), brackish groundwater, and renewal of operating permits for groundwater districts are some of the topics being discussed this session.

ASR and brackish groundwater will be the hot topics of discussion. ASR and brackish groundwater are alternative water conservation strategies that could assist in securing Texas’ water supply if approved. ASR is currently being practiced in a few areas of the state; officials will look into adopting this practice and make ASR more widespread across the state of Texas. The exploration of brackish groundwater and promotion of it will also be a primary topic of discussion.

“The 84th Session of the Texas Legislature will be another interesting water session,” predicts C. E. Williams, General Manager Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District.





Friday, January 9, 2015

50/50 Meter Cost Share

Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) was recently approved for a grant from the Texas Water Development Board which allows the District to 50/50 cost share meters with District producers. 

District rules state that wells drilled after December 2004 that are 4” in diameter or larger are required to have a meter placed on the well or pivot. Also, ALL wells that are located in a study area are required to have a meter in place. Producers in a newly designated study area can receive a meter from PGCD at no cost.

There are still opportunities available to District producers to purchase a meter through PGCD. Meters must be purchased before May 1, 2015 to take advantage of PGCD’s 50/50 cost share program.

For more information about purchasing or installing a meter, please contact the District office at (806) 883-2501.




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015 Financial Assistance Workshops

2015 Financial Assistance Workshops

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is pleased to invite you to the annual workshops highlighting its low-cost financial assistance programs. This year, the TWDB has scheduled additional workshops in an effort to bring this important information to service providers across the state. New program information has been added to the agenda in addition to the ability for service providers to schedule time with TWDB staff to discuss their individual project needs. A TWDB Board member will also be attending the workshops.

Discussion topics include:
  • The upcoming funding cycles and important information regarding recent program changes to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF)
  • The new State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Abridged Application - due 2/3/15 
  • The new online SRF Project Information Form - due 3/2/15
  • The new online Financial Application Form for all TWDB programs
 Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m., with the initial session consisting of presentations followed by breakout "one-on-one" sessions with live demonstrations. Scheduled pre-application meetings may be held following the presentations.

The locations and dates of the Financial Assistance Workshops are:   
  • Uvalde - January 8 - Texas Agri-Life Research & Extension Auditorium,1619 Garner Field Road 
  • El Campo - January 9 - El Campo Civic Center, Duson Room, 2350 N. Mechanic Street 
  • Stephenville - January 15 - Ranger College, Lecture Hall, 1835 West Lingleville Road
  • Canyon - January 15 - Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Hazelwood Room, 2503 4th Avenue
  • San Angelo - January 16 - McNease Convention Center, North Meeting Room, 500 Rio Concho Drive
  • Dallas - January 20 - Trinity River Authority, Central Regional Wastewater System, 6500 W. Singleton Boulevard
  • Texarkana - January 21 - Texarkana College, Truman Arnold Center, Great Room, 2500 North Robison Road
  • Weslaco - January 22 - Weslaco Business, Visitor and Event Center, Suite A, 275 S. Kansas Avenue
  • Corpus Christi - January 23 - City Hall, 6th Floor Conference Room, 1201 Leopard Street 
  • Austin - January 26 - Texas Water Development Board, Room 170, 1700 N. Congress Avenue 
  • Nacogdoches - January 28 - SFA State University, Baker Patillo Student Center, Twilight Ballroom (Room 2.501), 222 Vista Drive
  • Conroe - January 29 - San Jacinto River Authority, G&A Building, Board Room, 1577 Dam Site Road
  • College Station - January 30 - City of College Station, Meeting/Training Facility, Assembly Room, 1603 Graham Road

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of these locations. Please register as soon as possible as some venues are subject to capacity limitations.

To RSVP your attendance to a workshop, please email your contact information and which workshop you will be attending to srfworkshops@twdb.texas.gov. 

General questions may be directed to Lana Dixon at (512) 463-0991 or lana.dixon@twdb.texas.gov or to your Regional Project Team Manager. 



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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PGCD Educational Presentations

There is still plenty of time to get a water conservation presentation scheduled for your students. Our presentation is directed towards District 5th graders and is an excellent learning experience for students. Students will learn about where there water comes from, the water cycle, aquifers, playa lakes, water facts, and how the aquifer works. The presentation is a great teaching tool and refresher for the STAAR Test. 


The District also offers informational presentations about the District to local civic groups. For more information about our presentations or to get a presentation scheduled please contact Korri Packard at the PGCD office at (806) 883-2501 or by email at pgcd_education@yahoo.com or kpackard@pgcd.us.