• July 26, 2014

Coryell Co. criticizes water rule

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Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014 11:45 pm

GATESVILLE — Coryell County Commissioners unanimously adopted resolutions Monday expressing concern about federal and state government control of water.

In a resolution drafted for counties by the Texas Farm Bureau, the commissioners voiced strong opposition to a new definition for “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The new rule would apply to waters previously not regulated under the act “including some ditches, farm ponds, dry water ways and isolated wetlands,” according to the resolution.

“We are very concerned that this will affect every drop of water down to the mud puddle in your driveway,” said Neil Walter, District VIII director of the Texas Farm Bureau.

The resolution calls the proposed definition “burdensome and costly,” and claims it “infringes on private property rights and circumvents the legislative process, thus the will of the people.”

A second resolution asks the 11 water supply corporations operating in Coryell County to provide updated data on “future water needs to support economic and population growth” in the county to the Brazos Region G Water Planning Group.

The commissioners court has repeatedly complained that Region G has not given Coryell County adequate representation regarding future water needs.

Coryell is one of 37 counties in Region G but has never had a representative on its governing board. “We will see what we can do from Farm Bureau” to address the county’s complaint, Walter said.

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