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BSEACD staff brace for busy months

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, General Manager John Dupnik repeatedly said that staff is going to be slammed in the upcoming months once House Bill 3405 takes effect. HB 3405 will immediately incorporate up to 200 square miles of previously unincorporated land in Hays County under BSEACD regulatory authority. Dupnik said the district will look to hire two additional full-time staff members to help handle the increased workload, which would mean the district may need to look for another office building — possibly farther south, since the district has more territory there, he said. BSEACD board members will hold a special meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at their office at 1124 Regal Row to begin nailing down implementation rules associated with the bill. Once enacted, staff plans to have regular town hall meetings in July and look into using mobile well registration sites as well as electronic applications to make it easier for residents to apply for temporary permits.

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