Rules & Management Plan

These rules are adopted to achieve the provisions necessary to accomplish the purposes of the District Act and to implement the Management Plan that is approved and adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by the Texas Water Development Board.

What is a management plan?

A management plan outlines a GCD's goals and course of action to achieve those goals. The management plan is submitted to Texas Water Development Board for approval, and rules necessary to implement the management plan are adopted by each district.

The Desired Future Conditions (DFC) process is a vital part of the state’s overall water planning.

  • All groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) in a groundwater management area (GMA) must meet at least annually for joint planning purposes.

  • Desired Future Conditions (DFCs) are developed during the joint planning process. This results in a “big picture plan” for future aquifer conditions.

  • Groundwater levels, amount of groundwater in storage, desired spring flow, or base flow to rivers and streams are all factors that can be considered in setting DFCs.

  • After the DFC is determined, the proposed DFC and supporting data are sent to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in Austin.

  • TWDB staff translate the DFC into an estimate of the amount of managed available groundwater (MAG).

  • Regional Water Planning Groups use the area’s MAG to evaluate potential needs of water user groups during a 50-year planning horizon.