The Groundwater Reduction Program (GRP) is committed to conducting ongoing research, so that the best, safest and most cost-effective decisions are made regarding water solutions for the citizens of Montgomery County.
The resources in this section of the site include comprehensive construction and conservation information, as well as environmental studies and engineering research conducted to meet the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District’s groundwater reduction mandates. Some of the studies are extremely technical, but we want you to have every possible resource at your disposal. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’d be happy to guide you through the work we have done.
November 1, 2011 – There has been much public discussion and speculation lately about the feasibility of the Catahoula Aquifer as a primary water source for Montgomery County. The SJRA’s position on this issue is outlined in the documents below.
PowerPoint presented by: Mark Smith, PE, SJRA GRP Administrator and Stan Williams, PE, HDR Project Manager on August 31 & September 1, 2011
The file below contains a recent article entitled “Solving Montgomery County’s Water Shortage (And the Potential Impact on Lake Level).” This article provides an overview of the SJRA’s proposed groundwater reduction program and an analysis of the potential impact on water levels in Lake Conroe.
May 5, 2011 – Below you will find links to the SJRA Final Joint Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP). The final GRP was presented to the GRP Review Committee at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 7, 2011, at which time the Review Committee voted to recommend the draft GRP for approval by the SJRA Board of Directors. The final GRP was presented to the SJRA Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 24, 2011, at which time the Board approved the final SJRA Joint Groundwater Reduction Plan including Water Conservation Policy, Drought Management Policy, and Water Reuse Policy and to authorize the General Manager to submit it to the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District in compliance with the District’s Regulatory Plan Phase II(B). Any questions or comments concerning the GRP should be directed to the SJRA’s GRP Administrator at (936)588-1662.
April 13, 2010 – Below you will find links to the latest draft of the GRP Contract (as of noon 4/13/2010) and a redline version of the contract showing the changes from the draft dated December 21, 2009. This draft incorporates changes made in response to comments from the City of Conroe and a number of other LVGUs. This is a draft only and is subject to further revision. In the near future, we will be sending out instructions that will explain the steps for preparing and executing a final contract.
December 21, 2009 – The files below contain information related to the SJRA’s proposed Groundwater Reduction Plan (GRP) Contract. The GRP Contract is offered to all Large Volume Groundwater Users (LVGUs) in Montgomery County and establishes a legal mechanism by which LVGUs can join the SJRA’s GRP and achieve compliance with the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District’s groundwater reduction regulations.
March 10, 2010 – Comments Submitted to SJRA Regarding the December 21 Draft of the GRP Contract. The SJRA received the following comments related to the draft GRP Contract released on December 21, 2009. Our original intent was to receive all comments by March 1, 2010, and then prepare and distribute a new draft of the GRP Contract by mid-March. Because of a continuation of contract discussions with the City of Conroe, there will be a short delay in the finalization of the new draft. We anticipate sending out a new draft of the GRP Contract on or about March 25th together with our responses to various comments submitted.
On February 16, 2010, the SJRA Board of Directors and the Conroe City Council held a joint meeting at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center. The SJRA’s presentation for the meeting is linked below. Additional documents may be added as they become available.
The update below was sent out to Joint WRAP participants on July 3, 2009. The document provides an overview of recent activities, upcoming events, and next steps in the program. Montgomery County groundwater users should review the update as they plan for future compliance with groundwater regulations adopted by the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District
The files linked below constitute the SJRA’s Final Joint WRAP Part II submitted to the LSGCD on March 2nd on behalf of 198 Joint WRAP participants. The first file is the main body of the report including figures, and the additional files labeled as appendices and exhibits include various maps, tables, drawings, and additional reports that make up the complete Joint WRAP Part II.
Alternative Analysis Report – This report documents the analysis conducted by SJRA consulting engineers of the various pipeline routing and delivery alternatives considered in developing the WRAP. The study includes demand analyses, conversion strategies, infrastructure requirements, and economic analyses.
SJRA Potential Source Study – This report documents the analysis conducted by SJRA staff of the various sources of raw water supply considered for the WRAP.
Participant Agreements – This zipped file contains an electronic copy of the signed participant agreements for the 198 Joint WRAP Participants
Joint WRAP II Executive Summary – This document is an 4-page, 8.5 x 11 brochure containing an executive summary of the Joint WRAP-Part II. The document is designed to be printed DOUBLE-SIDED on 11×17 paper and then folded in the middle to create an 8.5 x 11 booklet
January 26, 2009 – Joint WRAP Progress Meeting #3 – Presentation delivered at the Joint WRAP progress meeting held on January 26, 2009
html November 13, 2008 – Joint WRAP Progress Meeting #2 and Private Utilities Rate Workshop – Presentation delivered at the Joint WRAP progress meeting held on November 11, 2008.
The document linked below is the SJRA’s Joint WRAP-Part I that was submitted to the Lone Star GCD on August 28, 2008. The Joint WRAP was submitted on behalf of 198 participating large volume groundwater users. The file is fairly large (9.2 MB), so a high-speed connection is recommended for downloading. If you do not have the ability to download the file, you are welcome to stop by the SJRA office to receive a copy on cd-rom.
This document is an 8-page, 8.5 x 11 brochure containing an executive summary of the Joint WRAP-Part I along with a list and map of the 198 participants. The document is designed to be printed DOUBLE-SIDED on 11×17 paper and then folded in the middle to create an 8.5 x 11 booklet.
Invitation and details for Joint WRAP progress meeting to be held at the Lone Star Convention Center on August 1, 2008. Joint WRAP Meeting Invitation (PDF Document)
Q&A Sheet – Joint Wrap Proposal
Background information regarding groundwater regulation in Montgomery County and an explanation of the SJRA’s proposal to prepare a joint Water Resources Assessment Plan on behalf of groundwater permittees within the county.
Agreement for WRAP Preparation
Blank agreement to be used by groundwater users that wish to join the SJRA’s Joint Water Resources Assessment Plan
Form to be completed by participants in the SJRA’s Joint Water Resources Assessment Plan.