Understanding Texas' Groundwater Conservation Districts

Law360, New York (January 16, 2014, 9:14 PM EST) -- The Texas Legislature has tasked local groundwater conservation districts with the duty of managing Texas’ groundwater. The majority of Texas land is subject to GCD regulation, making it critical that landowners understand the authority of the applicable GCD.

What is a GCD?

GCDs are regulatory bodies charged with conserving groundwater. These entities are governed by Texas Water Code Chapter 36. The purposes of GCDs are "to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging and prevention of waste of groundwater and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions...
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