DUMAS -- Members of the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors voted 4-1 with one abstention to approve proposed Rule 3.5E and make it effective immediately. Rule 3.5E states that a landowner may use an alternative metering system or a central collection point to report groundwater withdrawals from a property until the owner applies for a permit to construct a well or amend an existing well permit on the property. At that time, the owner must install meters at the pump on all wells on the property within 150 days after the permit or amended permit approval.
The board continued the process of evaluating management concepts as a part of the comprehensive review of the district's rules. Management will present the full set of proposed rule amendments to the board at the February board meeting. "We want to clean up rules that need to be either modified or discarded as a result of the district's changing water conservation responsibilities to the state and local stakeholders," said General Manager Steve Walthour.
The district will be meeting with stakeholder groups to gather input and suggestions regarding potential proposed rules. Any proposed rules will be posted for review on the district website and published in the newspaper prior to presentation at a public meeting. No new or amended rules will take effect until ratified by the board of directors.