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.
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 is planned for 11:00 AM 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.
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."
U.S. Drought Monitor.