Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District was
created in November of 1989, by authority of Senate
Bill 1777 of the 71st Texas Legislature. The District
is a single county water district that includes all of
Yoakum County, Texas and contains 510,540 upland
acres. The District is bounded on the west by the
State of New Mexico and by Cochran, Terry, and Gaines
Counties of Texas on the north, east and south,
respectively. A five-member Board of Directors is
elected from within the district and governs all
Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District’s
mission is to provide technical assistance and
develop, promote and implement management strategies
to provide for the conservation, preservation,
protection, recharging and prevention of waste of the
groundwater reservoir, thereby extending the quantity
and quality of the Ogallala Aquifer in Yoakum County.
Sandy Land UWCD has many different programs to help
implement this goal of groundwater conservation.
SOAR is just one of the various programs of Sandy Land
UWCD. With the Districts mission being to conserve,
preserve, protect and recharge groundwater, the
five-member Board understands that precipitation
enhancement is a potential water management tool. On
January 31, 2002 the Texas Department of Licensing and
Regulation (TDLR) issued a permit authorizing the SOAR
program to conduct rainfall enhancement within the
boundaries of its target area.
Perhaps one of the most important tools used by Sandy
Land UWCD in preserving groundwater is the required
permitting of all new wells, with the necessary
enforcement of spacing and production limits. Along
with permitting, the District has completed 16 years
of rural water quality studies for Yoakum County.
These are used to monitor and detect any changes in
water quality within the Ogallala Aquifer. Irrigation
efficiency tests are frequently requested and will be
performed for any producer when necessary.
Sandy Land performs well depth measurements on a
network of wells. These wells are measured on a yearly
basis. From this well depth data, district personnel
construct hydrographs and depletion maps which are
used to determine the amount of decline allowable on
federal income tax returns.
Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District has
participated in an Agricultural Loan Program with
monies from the Texas Water Development Board. These
funds are loaned to local producers for the purchase
of water conserving center pivot irrigation systems.
Over $7 million dollars has been loaned to Yoakum
County producers over the last thirteen years.
Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District
believes one of the top priorities of the District
should be education. One of the ways chosen to realize
this priority is by awarding scholarships to high
school students based on essays written on the topic
of water conservation. All 5th grade children in our
county schools are presented with materials on water
Sandy Land UWCD recognizes that the groundwater
resources of the region are of vital importance to the
continued vitality of the citizens, economy and
environment within the District.
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