Isaac & Campbell Announce Hays County Water Bill as Law
Successful Efforts to Save Our Wells

AUSTIN, TX – State Representative Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) and State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) officially announce Hays County groundwater protection bill as law, effective immediately.  HB 3405 expands the boundaries of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) to cover a portion of the Trinity Aquifer in Hays County that is not within a groundwater district.

Rep. Isaac commented, “After a year of working on a solution and battling all session to save our wells, I am extremely pleased to announce HB 3405 is officially law.”

By expanding the boundaries of the BSEACD, HB 3405 protects property rights and groundwater within Hays County.  Additionally, BSEACD is a non-taxing district, and residential and agricultural wells will be exempt from fees and monitoring.

“Without the passage of HB 3405, a portion of the Trinity Aquifer would have remained outside the boundaries of a groundwater district, and allowed for unlimited pumping at the detriment to people who live around a water exporting well field,” Rep. Isaac stated. “I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of the constituents who took the time to call and send thousands of emails in support of this legislation that is of the utmost importance to Hays County.”

Town hall meetings are planned to inform residents about the new legislation, policy changes, and resources and requirements for well owners in the annexed area.  BSEACD is collaborating with the Hays County Commissioners Court and Representative Jason Isaac to host the first Town Hall meeting.  The goal will be to have the meeting webcast and archived for those residents that cannot attend.  Details will be announced as they are finalized.

Sen. Campbell stated, “In the midst of tragedy and flooding, this bill represents a huge victory for Hays County residents, a sign of hope and what we can accomplish working together.  It has been a pleasure to partner with Rep. Isaac on behalf of Hays County property owners and I am confident that the work we have done will help protect groundwater in the Texas Hill Country for generations.”

For questions and more information regarding the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, visit www.bseacd.org.

 

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