BREAKING NEWS! Citizens win victory as Metts removes anti-property rights, anti-groundwater item from Commissioners Court agenda at meeting start

BREAKING NEWS! The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, May 11 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts succumbed to strong pressure from citizens who support property rights and the right of individuals and companies to produce groundwater, even if it competes with the powerful monopolistic San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), which is seeking to stop […]

Montgomery County Commissioner Metts urges anti-property-rights resolution on groundwater regulation

Montgomery County Commissioner Metts urges anti-property-rights resolution on groundwater regulation

Image: Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, May 11 – Montgomery County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts has placed a bizarre agenda item on the Commissioners Court agenda for the Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 9:30 a.m., meeting calling for groundwater regulation of private landowners for fear of subsidence, […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court to take no action regarding subsidence

A cross-section of the groundwater aquifers under Montgomery County. Source: United States Geological Survey. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, April 28 – On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court addressed an agenda item on subsidence, the issue which has become a major controversy between Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD) and […]

Guest Editorial: Laura Norton, “Why is your home more vulnerable to flooding? It’s sinking”

Laura Norton, Guest Editorialist to The Golden Hammer Our Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District board, the board that was elected in 2018 to “restore affordable water”, has suggested that The Woodlands go to 100% surface water. But there’s a big problem with that.” It costs more to treat surface water and deliver it, way more than […]

Lone Star Groundwater District confronts, demands apology from SJRA for misleading public re subsidence

Lone Star Groundwater District confronts, demands apology from SJRA for misleading public re subsidence

Image: Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Director Jonathan Prykryl, who represents East Montgomery County on the Board, spoke emphatically to criticize the San Jacinto River Authority during the District’s Tuesday, February 9, 2021, meeting. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, February 11 – The Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District’s (LSGCD) Board of Directors voted, after […]

North versus south Montgomery County water war? Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District begins process to address groundwater conditions in light of acrimony over subsidence

North versus south Montgomery County water war? Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District begins process to address groundwater conditions in light of acrimony over subsidence

Image: The Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District held a regular Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, in Conroe, at which the Desired Future Conditions for the District’s groundwater regulations were a hot topic setting residents of south Montgomery County seemingly against those from north of the San Jacinto River boundary. The Golden […]

Quadvest and RAW President Sequeira sets record straight, accuses San Jacinto River Authority of price-gouging for water

Conroe, August 1 – Simon Sequeira, President of Quadvest Water and Sewer Utility, set the record about water straight and accused the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) of price-gouging. SJRA advocates water purchases from SJRA’s surface water inventory and is pushing to regulate groundwater out of the competitive water market. Sequeira is the Eighth Most […]

University of Houston study shows no linkage between deep groundwater production and subsidence in Montgomery County

Montgomery County, July 25 – While neither property rights advocates, Board members of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, nor San Jacinto River Authority General Manager Jace Houston and his pro-surface water allies have mentioned it, there’s actually an extremely important scientific article which appeared in the International Journal of Geophysics, a highly-respected academic journal, concerning […]

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to appeal TWDB bureaucratic ruling, votes to move back towards transparency

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District to appeal TWDB bureaucratic ruling, votes to move back towards transparency

Image: Geologist Mike Thornhill presented a proposal, which he and geohydrologist Bob Harden prepared, to begin a comprehensive study of the interaction between groundwater pumpage and subsidence in Montgomery County, to the Lone Star Groundwater District Board of Directors at their Tuesday, July 9, 2019, meeting. The Board accepted the proposal to begin the study […]

Is The Ground Falling? Should We Care? Part 4 Of 4: LSGCD, Property Rights advocates present their view of subsidence

Is The Ground Falling? Should We Care? Part 4 Of 4: LSGCD, Property Rights advocates present their view of subsidence

Image: The wild chicken, free of man’s forced regulation and breeding, is a beautiful creature. (Yes, it’s a male but it’s a male chicken.) Conroe and Montgomery County, July 6 – Subsidence is real. There’s a fair amount of agreement that the data showing subsidence is accurate, particularly for Harris and Galveston counties and for […]