Fort Bend Subsidence District’s regulatory plan amendments face some challenges
“The Subsidence District’s actions could limit our options for developing a reliable water source for the cities of Rosenberg and Richmond, and Fort Bend County, at the lowest possible cost,” said Rosenberg’s City Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. about the city’s challenge of the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s (FBSD) regulatory plan amendments.
“The cost of attaining the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s mandate for groundwater reduction is phenomenal, and it is our duty to investigate all possible alternate water sources in order to select the most effective, long-term sustainable solution for our communities, while being good stewards of our limited natural resources.” Mayor Morales also said, “The Subsidence District’s actions could limit our options for developing a reliable water source for the cities of Rosenberg and Richmond, and Fort Bend County, at the lowest possible cost.”
Richmond’s Mayor Evalyn W. Moore said, “The entirety of Fort Bend County would benefit from having an additional water source that could provide a sustainable long term solution. As we work to meet the Subsidence District’s conversion mandates, we will continue to investigate the viability of a groundwater transport option as an alternate water supply for our two communities.”
The statements are part of a media release sent on Monday. It reports that Richmond’s and Rosenberg’s governing bodies have taken action separately to challenge the Fort Bend Subsidence District’s (FBSD) regulatory plan amendments, specifically, the “alternative water supply” definition. This action, taken on Sept. 4, helps facilitate requesting a rehearing of the FBSD’s regulatory plan amendments. The two cities, along with other water suppliers in Fort Bend County, are required to meet the FBSD’s mandated groundwater conversion. The joint effort unites their message about ensuring the communities’ ultimate alternate water source is the most viable, cost effective solution available.
During the same meetings, each city also authorized cooperation with Electro Purification, LLC to perform additional ground water and subsidence modeling. Electro Purification is the permit applicant for a well field in the Bluebonnet Groundwater Conservation District that is being investigated as a possible alternative water supply for the cities. The FBSD has released findings of a study entitled “Effects of the Proposed Electro Purification Wellfield on Water Levels and Land-Surface Subsidence.” However, the FBSD has yet to release all of the technical data upon which the study conclusions were based, according to the media communication. It also states that additional modeling will provide technical data that can be used to scientifically assess the validity of the Fort Bend Subsidence District study’s findings.
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