The Blanco-Pedernales Groundwater Conservation District (BPGCD or District) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. On October 11, 2000, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC), in accordance with applicable provisions and requirements of the Texas Water Code, approved a petition for the creation of the District. In a confirmation election held on January 23, 2001, Blanco County voters approved the creation of the District, elected five Directors to the Board of Directors, and approved its authority to assess an ad valorem tax on the Blanco County property owners.
The District is located within the Hill Country Priority Groundwater Management Area (PGMA), which was designated and delineated in 1990 by the TNRCC under Chapter 35 as an area experiencing or expected to experience critical groundwater problems.
The District is responsible for the conservation, preservation, protection, and recharge of groundwater and aquifers within Blanco County. To acomplish these goals, the District will work to minimize the draw down of the water table, minimize the reduction of artesian pressure, control subsidence, prevent interference between wells, prevent the degradation of the quality of groundwater, prevent waste of groundwater, preserve historic use of groundwater, give consideration to the service needs of retail water utilities, and carry out the powers and duties conferred under Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code.
The District is funded through an Ad Valorem Property Tax. This tax is currently set at $0.0231 per $100 valuation, with a cap of $0.05. The District will receive additional funding through an assessment of application fees on new wells being drilled in Blanco County. The District Tax Revenues are projected to be approximately $320,000 for fiscal year 2017.
On January 2, 2002, the District opened its office in Johnson City and the new General Manager, Ronald G. (Ron) Fieseler began work to bring the District into operational status. As of February 11, 2002, the Board of Directors has adopted Bylaws, Rules, and a Fee Schedule. The office is generally open on weekdays from 8 am - 5 pm except when the staff must perform work away from the office.
The Board of Directors holds regular monthly meetings and the public is encouraged to attend. These meetings are normally held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the District Office, 601 West Main, Johnson City, Texas. The Board Meeting Notice and Agenda are posted in the window next to the door of the District Office and on either the Bulletin Board or South Door of the Blanco County Courthouse in Johnson City at least three days prior to the Board Meeting. Should circumstances require a different meeting time or place; the information will be included in the notices posted in the above mentioned locations. Members of the public may also obtain copies of the Agenda prior to the meeting by coming by the District Office or by FAX or email if requested. (see also “Meetings” page)