Officials Talk Groundwater Availability in Area Six Meeting

- Representatives from groundwater conservation districts in North Texas say depending on each other's water knowledge is what will help them survive this terrible drought.

A group of those representatives met in Munday today to go over their groundwater management plans.

Officials say they're taking part in cooperative water use and learning how each management area can help the next.

When it comes to the Seymour Aquifer, district representatives say it is low, but they're not overly concerned at this point.

Mike McGuire, with the Rolling Plains Groundwater Conservation District, says, "We have shallow water. We have wells, but we can recharge them, but it's got to rain. Whether it's surface water lakes or the groundwater."

McGuire says the Seymour Aquifer is about 20 percent of capacity now.

In looking at long-term graphs, he says the aquifer's level has gone up and down for the last 100 years and will continue to do so.

He says while levels are down now, the aquifer's recharge rate, or the rate at which it refills, is moderate, so he says it's just a matter of time before it refills.

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