Groundwater management zones for conjunctive water conservation in Hays County and the Hill Country region of Central Texas

dc.contributor.advisorLieberknecht, Katherine E.
dc.creatorNorman, Douglas Everett
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-1553-4841
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-25T22:12:35Z
dc.date.available2018-07-25T22:12:35Z
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.issued2018-06-25
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.date.updated2018-07-25T22:12:35Z
dc.description.abstractThis report examines a provision of Texas groundwater law granting authority to Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) to create Groundwater Management Zones (GMZs) to address significant differences in hydrogeological conditions or groundwater use in specific areas of an aquifer. The report considers whether these management zones are effective tools for conserving groundwater in order to preserve surface water flows particularly in the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and, more generally, in the Hill Country region of Central Texas. It presents two case studies of existing GMZs in Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District and insights from interviews with GCD staff involved in establishing and refining these zones. The report then evaluates how effective the zones would be for protecting the Middle Trinity Aquifer in the area around Jacob’s Well Spring and the Cypress Creek Watershed. It concludes by providing a road map and recommendations based on best practices drawn from the findings described above.
dc.description.departmentCommunity and Regional Planning
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2804Z32Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/65821
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectGroundwater
dc.subjectConservation
dc.subjectManagement zones
dc.subjectRule of capture
dc.subjectHays County
dc.subjectTexas Hill Country
dc.subjectWater policy
dc.subjectConjunctive water management
dc.titleGroundwater management zones for conjunctive water conservation in Hays County and the Hill Country region of Central Texas
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentCommunity and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunity and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Community and Regional Planning

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