House Bill 30 Projects

BRACS Study Areas

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 30, directing the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to conduct studies to identify and designate brackish groundwater production zones in four aquifers and to report to the legislature by December 1, 2016. The four aquifers include the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer located between the Colorado and Rio Grande Rivers, the Gulf Coast Aquifers and sediments bordering that aquifer, the Blaine Aquifer, and the Rustler Aquifer. TWDB staff will study the remainder of the aquifers in the state by the legislatively mandated date of December 1, 2022. The 84th Texas Legislature appropriated $2,000,000 (a contingency rider for House Bill 30) to TWDB for contract and administrative costs to study the characteristics of aquifers in the state (House Bill 1, General Appropriations Act, 2015 Legislature, Regular Session, page IX-88, Sec. 18.30).

On October 13, 2015, TWDB authorized the Executive Administrator to publish a Request for Qualifications (RFQs) to map and conduct studies on six brackish aquifers in Texas. The aquifers include the Gulf Coast Aquifer and sediments bordering that aquifer, the Blaine Aquifer, and the Rustler Aquifer (three aquifers specifically mentioned in House Bill 30). These projects will need to be completed by August 31, 2016, allowing time for the Board to designate the brackish groundwater production zones and provide a report to the legislature on or before December 1, 2016 as required by Texas Water Code ยง16.060, as amended by House Bill 30. The solicitation also included RFQs for three additional aquifer studies (the Trinity, Blossom, and Nacatoch aquifers) with available funds. TWDB staff selected these aquifers for external funding because of their complexity. These projects will need to be completed by August 31, 2017 because of the requirement to expend funds by that date.

Total funding for all six projects was not to exceed $1,500,000. The RFQs appeared in the Electronic State Business Daily and the TWDB website on November 10, 2015 with a response due date of November 24, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Data Available

Brackish groundwater production zone shapefiles for the Carrizo-Wilcox, Gulf Coast, and Rustler aquifers.

 

Timeline

2017

  • North East (region D) Regional Water Planning Meeting: Outreach meeting on the brackish groundwater mapping projects for the Blossom and Nacatoch aquifers held on Friday, February 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center located at 1800 North Jefferson Avenue, Mount Pleasant, Texas 75455.
  • Stakeholder Meeting: Stakeholder meeting on the brackish groundwater mapping project for the Blossom and Nacatoch aquifers held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 PM at the Texas A&M Commerce Rayburn Student Center, Room #233, located at 2600 W. Neal Street, Commerce, Texas 75428.

2016

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