Mesquite Groundwater Conservation District

Location:  802 9th Street
Wellington, Texas 79095
Phone: 806 447 2800
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekdays
General Manager: Lynn Smith

Purpose: The mission of the Mesquite Groundwater conservation District is to develop, promote, and implement water conservation, augmentation, and management strategies to protect groundwater resources for the present and future, benefit of citizens, economy, and environment of the District according to Chapters 36,51, and 52 of the Texas Water Code.

Creation: The district was originally created as Collingsworth County Underground Water Conservation District by HB 1148 of the 68th Legislature of the State of Texas and ratified by the voters of Collingsworth County in 1986.  Selected parcels from Childress County were added by individual land owner petition in May 2007.  Hall County also joined the District by petition with a conformation election in May 2007.  The present District name of Mesquite Groundwater Conservation District was adopted in October 2007.  The Mesquite Groundwater conservation District encompasses all of Collingsworth and Hall counties and parts of northern Childress County.

Operation: The District is governed by eight locally- elected landowners who each represent a specific zone within the District and serve as District Directors for four-year terms of office.

Board of Directors

Jerry Lewis President
Johnny Lindley Vice- President
Mat Montgomery Secretary/Treasurer
Gene Pena Member
Danny Wischkaemper Member
Terry Canada Member
Rex Fuston Member
Curtis Scrivner Member

The Board of Directors meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00 p.m. at the District office, 802 9th St. in Wellington. The Board of Directors employs a General Manager, Lynn Smith, to administer the general operations of the District.

The District has developed a comprehensive long-range Groundwater Management Plan to guide its operations and uses a current set of District Rules to implement the plan.  These rules include requirements for issuance of permits and spacing of new wells, drilling completion procedures, prevention of water waste, export of water from the District, pollution of groundwater, closure of abandoned wells, procedures for hearings, and other rules governing District operations.

Resources: Local farmers irrigate about 26,000 acres of agricultural crops each year, primarily cotton and peanuts.  These crops, and the water that produces them, are vital to the future of the economy.  Ninety-five percent of the water pumped each year from District aquifers, or 33,000 acre-feet is used for irrigation.  The other five percent is about equally divided between livestock and human consumption.

Eighty-five percent of the groundwater used in the District comes from the Seymour Aquifer, with the remaining fifteen percent provided by the Blaine and Whitehorse formations.  These aquifers are recharged by local rainfall to some extent. A major thrust of the District at the present time is to monitor groundwater levels to determine trends in water levels and usage in order to predict future supplies and demands on local aquifers.  The District began water quality testing of groundwater in 2005.

Information: Contact the District office in Wellington for information concerning the groundwater resources of Collingsworth and Hall Counties.

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