Law:Title 6. Water And Wastewater. Subtitle H. Districts Governing Groundwater from Chapter 8820. Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (Texas)

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Subtitle H. Districts Governing Groundwater

Contents

Chapter 8820. Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section 8820.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Board" means the district's board of directors.

(2)  "Director" means a board member.

(3)  "District" means the Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.002.  Nature Of District.

The district is a groundwater conservation district in Tarrant County created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.003.  District Territory.

The boundaries of the district are coextensive with the boundaries of Tarrant County.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.004.  Confirmation Election Not Required.

The board is not required to hold an election to confirm the district's creation.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Subchapter B. Board Of Directors

Section 8820.051.  Governing Body; Terms.

(a) The district is governed by a board of five directors.

(b)  Directors serve staggered four-year terms.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.052.  Appointment Of Directors.

(a) The Tarrant County Commissioners Court shall appoint one director from each of the four commissioners precincts in the county to represent the precinct in which the director resides.

(b)  The county judge of Tarrant County shall appoint one director who resides in the district to represent the district at large.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



For expiration of this section, see Subsection (c).

Section 8820.053.  Initial Directors.

(a) Not later than the 45th day after the effective date of this chapter:

(1)  the Tarrant County Commissioners Court shall appoint one director from each of the four commissioners precincts in the county to represent the precinct in which the director resides;  and

(2)  the county judge of Tarrant County shall appoint one director who resides in the district to represent the district at large.

(b)  The initial board may agree on which three directors serve four-year terms that expire at the end of the calendar year following the fourth anniversary of the effective date of this chapter, and which two directors serve two-year terms that expire at the end of the calendar year following the second anniversary of the effective date of this chapter.  If the initial board cannot agree, the directors shall draw lots to determine which three directors serve the four-year terms and which two directors serve the two-year terms.

(c)  This section expires September 1, 2014.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Subchapter C. Powers And Duties

Section 8820.101.  Groundwater Conservation District Powers And Duties.t

he district has the powers and duties provided by the general law of this state, including Chapter 36, Water Code, applicable to groundwater conservation districts created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.102.  No Eminent Domain Power.

The district may not exercise the power of eminent domain.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Subchapter D. Regulation Of Other Districts

Section 8820.151.  Regulation Of Wells In Another District.

Except as provided by this subchapter, the district may not regulate the drilling or equipping of, or the completion, operation, or production of, a well located in the district and in another conservation and reclamation district created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, and that on January 1, 2007:

(1)  had statutory authority to require a person to obtain a permit before drilling, equipping, completing, altering, or operating a well in its boundaries;  and

(2)  had adopted rules to implement that statutory authority.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.152.  Fees On Wells In Another District.

The district may assess to the owner or operator of a well located in a conservation and reclamation district described by Section 8820.151 a fee based on the amount of groundwater produced from the well in the same manner and at the same rate as other wells in the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Section 8820.153.  Coordination With Other Districts.

(a) The district and any conservation and reclamation district described by Section 8820.151 shall meet to:

(1)  coordinate the adoption of rules by each district to promote consistent planning and regulation; and

(2)  develop procedures to ensure the expedited exchange of technical and regulatory information between the districts.

(b)  The district and a conservation and reclamation district described by Section 8820.151 may enter into one or more agreements to implement this section, including an interlocal contract under Chapter 791, Government Code.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.



Subchapter E. General Financial Provisions

Section 8820.201.  Taxes And Bonds Prohibited.

The district may not impose a tax or issue bonds.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1126, Sec. 1, eff. June 15, 2007.


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