Desired Future Conditions

Desired future conditions are defined in Title 31, Part 10, §356.10 (6) of the Texas Administrative Code as "the desired, quantified condition of groundwater resources (such as water levels, spring flows, or volumes) within a management area at one or more specified future times as defined by participating groundwater conservation districts within a groundwater management area as part of the joint planning process." The specified time extends through at least the period that includes the current planning period for the development of regional water plans pursuant to Texas Water Code §16.053, or in perpetuity, as defined by participating groundwater conservation districts within a groundwater management area as part of the joint planning process.

Visit the pages for 2016 and 2010 Joint Groundwater Planning to see desired future conditions submittals and modeled available groundwater reports. Documents related to the joint planning process are located on the Documents page.

For information on petitions appealing the reasonableness of a desired future condition, see the information below.

Appeal of Desired Future Conditions

For desired future conditions adopted after September 1, 2015, state law changed so that an affected person files a petition with a groundwater conservation district.

A district must submit a copy of the petition to the TWDB within 10 days of receiving a petition. The TWDB will conduct an administrative review to determine whether the desired future condition meets the criteria in Texas Water Code §36.108(d) and will conduct a study containing scientific and technical analysis of the desired future condition. Texas Water Code §36.1083(e) lists the items that the TWDB must consider in the analysis. The TWDB must complete and deliver this study to the State Office of Administrative Hearings within 120 days of receiving a copy of the petition. The State Office of Administrative Hearings will consider the TWDB study and may request TWDB staff to serve as expert witnesses during the petition hearing. Texas Water Code §36.1083 describes the hearing process for the appeal of a desired future condition via the State Office of Administrative Hearings

Petition Documents

The following is a list of groundwater management areas whose desired future conditions were challenged on the basis of reasonableness during the 2010 joint planning process. Please note that any petitions filed during the current round of desired future condition adoption may be filed with a groundwater conservation district.

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