NEWS – June 2015 – Texas Aquifers, Austin, Texas


The AGWT’s Annual “Texas Groundwater and Aquifers Conference” in Austin included several presentations on Aquifer Recharge Recovery (ASR) and the issue of making increased use of water from brackish aquifers. Included in the mix of expert presenters were four attorneys who addressed issues relating to water rights and jurisdictional authority over pumping. As has been the case with previous AGWT Texas groundwater conferences the event was co-sponsored by the Texas Water Development Board.

            The ASR session presenters included Matt Webb, TX Water Development Board, Austin, TX; Bill Mullican, CDM Smith, Pflugerville, TX; Jerry James, City of Victoria Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Victoria, TX; Fred M. Blumberg, Project Manager, ARCADIS-U.S. Inc., Austin, TX and keynote presenter David Pyne, ASR Systems, Gainesville, FL.  David’s presentation was titled New Technologies and International ASR—Where We Are and Where We Are Headed.

            The brackish groundwater session was presented by Leonard Dougal, Partner, Environmental & Legislative Practice Group, Jackson Walker L.L.P. Austin, TX; Hughbert Collier, President, Collier Consulting, Stephenville, TX; Rhett Moore, Senior Hydrogeologist, Layne Christensen Company, Bloomington, IN and Stefan Schuster, Texas Water Resources Strategy Leader, MWH Global, Austin, TX


The conference was opened by Kathleen Jackson, Texas Water Development Board member who outlined priorities for state funded water projects.  Presentations at the event in addition to the ASR and Brackish water sessions included: Update On TWDB Groundwater Issues And Priorities, Larry French, Director of Groundwater Resources, TX Water Development Board, Austin, TX; Oil and Gas Law ss It Relates To Groundwater Law, Edmond McCarthy Jr., Attorney, Partner, Jackson, Sjoberg, McCarthy & Townsend, L.L.P., Austin, TX; Groundwater: Property Rights Vs. Water Management Authority, Shauna Fitzsimmons, Attorney, Sledge Law & Public Strategies, PLLC, Austin, TX; Texas’ Billion Dollar Desired Future Conditions (DFC) Balance – Conservation Versus Highest Practicable Production, James Beach, Senior Vice President and Principal, LBG-Guyton, Austin, TX; Desired Future Conditions: Texas Water Planning Challenges, Mark Taylor Attorney-at-Law, San Marcos, TX and Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage: Dominant In Europe, When Will It Reach Texas? - Chuck Hammock, Principal, Andrews, Hammock & Powell, Inc, Macon, GA.