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The Groundwater Management District Association (GMDA) is composed of local groundwater management districts in several Western, Midwestern, and Southern states. At our Annual meeting we have presentations from noted experts in the fields of hydrogeology, geology, flow meters and different management strategies. This provides us with a forum to exchange ideas on the different approaches taken by other States. For example, the primary issue in Kansas, Colorado, and Texas is groundwater quantity, while in Nebraska it is groundwater quality and quantity. In Mississippi and Florida, Districts are responsible for the joint management of surface and ground water and subsidence is the major issue in Louisiana and parts of Texas. Some of the Districts have developed unique projects in education and management to preserve our groundwater resources for future generations.

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In Remembrance of Richard Bowers

In March, the North Plains District Board of Directors voted unanimously to dedicate the district’s classroom and meeting facility at the North Plain Water Conservation Center to Richard S. Bowers.  The Richard S. Bowers Learning Center dedication was held on June 14, 2016 at the North Plains Water Conservation Center about 9 miles north of Dumas, Texas.  Mr. Bowers passed away on November 14, 2015, leaving a distinguished career dedicated to public service and leadership in water conservation for over 35 years.  Mr. Bowers became the general manager of the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District, located in White Dear in 1979 until he accepted the general manager’s position at North Plains Groundwater Conservation District in 1987.  Mr. Bowers managed, lived and raised his family in the district for twenty years before moving to Burnet to assume the general manager position at the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District in 2007.  In August 2011, he officially retired.  Even after his retirement he served as interim general manager for the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District in Springtown, Texas in 2014.

Richard Bowers served as president of numerous organizations throughout his career including the Texas Water Conservation Association, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, and the National Groundwater Management Districts Association (GMDA), as well as, chairing the Tarleton State University Hydrology Advisory Council.

The site has temporarily been shut down.  The plan is to incorporate these files into this site to streamline access. Wayne Bossert (past secretary of GMDA) created the GMDAwiki site which has an excellent history of our organization.

Link on the latest information (March 18, 2016) about the 'water tunnels' controversy in California.

For upcoming NWRA Conference locations and dates check the NWRA website.

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) reports the US Forest Service proposed directive on groundwater was formally withdrawn on June 19, 2015.  "The directive was criticized by some in Congress who perceived it as federal government overreach in state issues."

GMDA Annual Conference - 2017

Ft. Worth, Texas
January 9 - 11, 2017   

The 2017 Annual Conference is being organized by: C.E. Williams of the Texas Panhandle GCD.  CE is the new Vice-President for GMDA.

C. E. Williams
Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District
PO Box 637
201 West 3rd Street
White Deer, TX 79097
Phone: (806) 883-2501
E-mail: C.E. Williams
Conference Registration and Agenda are posted on the Calendar of Events page and on the Special Conference Website.


GMDA Summer Session - 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The 2017 GMDA Summer Session will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico with the likely date in early June 2017.

Steel Tapes to Measure Ground Water Levels:

The Districts use steel tapes to measure groundwater levels in wells as part of our monitoring networks. Steel tapes with the raised markings are preferred due to their ridge construction, ability to retain chalk and give an accurate reading. Steel tapes are still available from Fastenal, but these do not have the raised markings along their entire length. 

Some Districts are now using fiberglass tapes as an alternative. See "Measuring Groundwater Levels" for more information, which is also located on the "Association Update" page.

Drought Conditions

Current drought conditions are available from the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska -U.S. Drought Monitor.

The outlook on future drought conditions are available from the National Weather Service - Climate Prediction Center - U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook
News on the current drought situation in California is available on the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) website.