Friendswood, TX, June 26, 2019 – Groundwater Management Area 14 (GMA 14) held their June 26th Joint Planning Committee meeting at HGSD’s office to discuss multiple items related to groundwater resource planning in the region.  Mr. Michael Turco, General Manager of the Subsidence District, gave an overview of the subsidence district’s history, regulatory approach, and future projects. Additionally, Mr. Wade Oliver, P.G., with INTERRA Inc., gave a presentation on the hydrological conditions of the areas within GMA 14.

“The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District has a long history of reasonable groundwater regulation to support the District’s legislatively mandated mission of preventing subsidence in Harris and Galveston Counties,” stated Mr. Turco.

The GMA 14 Joint Planning Committee is comprised of representatives from the Bluebonnet, Brazoria County, Lone Star, Lower Trinity, and Southeast Texas Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs). Although not a GCD, the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District, along with representatives from the Fort Bend Subsidence District, Chambers County, and Washington County, participate in the planning process as one of the interlocal participants. The GMA 14 area includes Harris, Galveston, and surrounding counties along the Texas Gulf Coast. 

Groundwater Management Areas were created in order to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of the groundwater, and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions, and to control subsidence caused by withdrawal of water from those groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions. 

The Harris-Galveston Subsidence District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1975. Its purpose is to provide for the regulation of groundwater withdrawal within the District to prevent subsidence. Historically subsidence has contributed to coastal inundation, infrastructure damage, and flooding. The District includes all areas within Harris and Galveston Counties.

For additional information please contact: Harris – Galveston Subsidence District, Telephone: 281-486-1105, Email: info@subsidence.org