What we reported
The city of Conroe, the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District and other stakeholders have been embroiled in a lawsuit challenging groundwater use regulations in Montgomery County since 2015.
The LSGCD board of directors approved an amendment in October to its regulations for Montgomery County. Board members increased the cap on groundwater use from 64,000 acre-feet of water to 100,000 acre-feet per year. However, the change must be approved by Groundwater Management Area 14, which is composed of various regional water planning groups. Starting in 2020, the agency will begin to ease restrictions on large volume groundwater users to return pumping levels to about 100,000 acre-feet per year, which is about the same amount as was pumped in the county in 2009.
Conroe and LSGCD attorneys are actively working on a settlement agreement. Information regarding the agreement has not been made public, and both the city and LSGCD officials declined comment citing the litigation.
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