EUWCD board tables $41K statement

The Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District Board of Directors unanimously tabled the statement invoice from Richard Hargis, at the July 26 board of directors meeting.

Not in attendance was EUWCD Director Jason Peeler.

Hargis gave an update on his study and provided directors with a memo on the progress. The study involved over 600 wells and various maps. He then put the data into an Excel file. The whole study was done from Nov. 2010 to June 2013. Hargis also gave a rundown of the total cost.

EUWCD Director Diane Savage said after looking at the timeline and what has been paid, she questioned why they still have an invoice of $41,000. She asked if that amount was ever approved.

Director Blaine Schorp said the extended study was never authorized or approved by the board. He later said while he applauded Hargis’ work, he was speechless and could not recommend payment because it had not been approved by the board.

When Hargis was asked if he took it upon himself to continue the study, he replied he had talked to Director Larry Fox about it. Fox said to his recollection, he had not brought any of this information to the board. Later in the meeting when Fox was asked why he had not brought it to the board, Fox said he had suggested Hargis run it by Mike Mahoney. Then Fox asked if the board ever had a contract on their study and was told no.

The lengthy discussion ended with Director Steve Snider suggesting appointing a committee so things would run more smoothly, with one director from each county.

Other business

Eric Ede with Ede and Company presented his 2011- 12 audit and gave a favorable, unqualified opinion. This is the best rating an entity can receive. The board voted unanimously to receive and file the budget as presented.

Bill Weathersby of Energy Water Solutions gave a presentation on frac and produced water recycling. He listed the key benefits to producers: life of field solution, trucking is minimized or eliminated, water disposal liability is assumed by Energy Water Solutions, EWS commits all capital for plants, new source of fresh water for fracking at local pricing, positive environmental impacts and local community relations, increased economic production, no more injection wells needed and eliminate certain lease restrictions.

The board unanimously appointed Wesley Shearrer to the South Texas Weather Modification Association. He will fill the post left by his father, the late Tommy Shearrer.

Uncontested water well drilling and production permits were also approved unanimously.

STWMA Meteorologist Todd Flanagan shared a mid-season update to the board, which included a slide presentation.

The Nueces River Authority gave a presentation on educational funding. Their education objectives include increasing awareness and a common understanding of water issues, as well as a sense of personal responsibility. They cover 11 counties and eight districts and also solicit an art contest.

The next board meeting will be on Friday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m.

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