HPWD accepting RFPs for research projects

LUBBOCK TX (March 18, 2019) – High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) is now accepting proposals for water conservation research, demonstration, and education project funding.

“HPWD funds a number of research and demonstration projects each year. We invite those with innovative ideas to submit requests for proposals that focus on water conservation demonstration, education, or research,” said General Manager Jason Coleman.

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 6, 2019. Email delivery is preferred and should be sent to jason.coleman@hpwd.org

Since 2014, HPWD has provided supplemental funding for several research and/or demonstration projects. These include completion of test wells into the Dockum and Edwards-Trinity (High Plains) aquifers; installation of a water conservation education garden at Bushland Elementary; rainwater harvesting research; investigation of residential Turfgrass irrigation habits; brackish groundwater treatment technology using plant polymers; and other water saving measures.

The research and demonstration funding committee was appointed by Board President Lynn Tate of Amarillo at the March 12 HPWD Board of Directors meeting.

Committee members include:

  • Mike Beauchamp, Chairman (HPWD Precinct Three Director).

  • Ronnie Hopper (HPWD Precinct Five Director).

  • Dan Seale (HPWD Precinct One Director)

  • Jason Coleman (HPWD General Manager).

  • Brett Bamert (HPWD Bailey County Advisory Committee member).

  • Dillon Pool (HPWD Randall County Advisory Committee member).

  • Darrell Newsom, City Manager, Wolfforth, TX (At-Large Member).

  • Aubrey Spear, P.E, Director of Utilities, City of Lubbock (At-Large Member).

In accordance with current policy, the committee will evaluate each project for possible funding. A final recommendation will be presented to the HPWD Board of Directors at their June meeting.

Proposal requirements and links to past projects are available at www.hpwd.org/research.

HPWD Precinct One election set for Nov. 6, 2018

Residents in Precinct One of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) will go to the polls Nov. 6, 2018, to elect a Board member to represent them in groundwater matters for the next four years.

Paul Bjerk and Dan Seale, both of Lubbock, are candidates for Precinct One District Director. 

Seale, the incumbent, was elected to the Board in Nov. 2014. 

Precinct One consists of the portion of Crosby County above the Caprock Escarpment within the district, Lubbock County, and Lynn County.

Early voting for the Precinct One General Election will be conducted Oct. 22 - Nov. 2, 2018. 

A listing of Early Voting/ Election Day polling dates, times, and locations is available at www.hpwd.org/election2018 

In accordance with Section 2.051 of the Texas Election Code, the HPWD Board of Directors canceled the general election in District Directors’ Precinct Two and Precinct Five since these were uncontested races. 

Both unopposed candidates were declared duly elected to their offices at the Sept. 11, 2018 HPWD Board of Directors meeting in Lubbock.

Brad Heffington of Littlefield was re-elected to his second four-year term as Precinct Two District Director, representing Cochran County, the portion of Hockley County within the district, and Lamb County. 

He was appointed to the Board in April 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Jim Copeland of Anton.

Ronnie Hopper of Petersburg was re-elected to his second four-year term as Precinct Five District Director, representing the portion of Floyd County above the Caprock Escarpment within the district, Hale County, and Swisher County.

He was appointed to the Board in March 2013 to fill the vacant position held by Bruce Rigler of Plainview, who resigned.

"Political subdivisions can declare the results of an election without conducting it, if there are no contested positions and no propositions on the ballot," said HPWD Manager Jason Coleman.

"In this instance, the election results in Precincts Two and Five were known when the filing deadlines passed. This provision of the Texas Election Code saves considerable time and taxpayer money," he said.

Additional election information is available by contacting HPWD Governmental Affairs Director Victoria Whitehead at (806) 762-0181.

Filing continues for Nov. 6, 2018 HPWD Director election

Candidates for Precinct One, Precinct Two, and Precinct Five District Director of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) may file applications for a place on the general election ballot until 5 p.m., August 20, 2018.  The filing period began July 21.

An application for place on the ballot may be requested by contacting the HPWD office, 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79411-2499 during regular business hours.  The district office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 
The Board will order a Nov. 6, 2018 election at their August 14 regular meeting. This allows residents in HPWD Precincts One, Two, and Five to choose a District Director to represent them in groundwater matters for the next four years.

Precinct One

District Directors’ Precinct One consists of the portion of Crosby County above the Caprock Escarpment and all of Lubbock and Lynn Counties.  Dan Seale of Lubbock is the incumbent District Director.

Precinct Two

District Directors’ Precinct Two consists of Cochran County, most of Hockley County, and all of Lamb County. Brad Heffington of Littlefield is the incumbent District Director.

Precinct Five

District Directors’ Precinct Five consists of the portion of Floyd County above the Caprock Escarpment and all of Hale and Swisher Counties. Ronnie Hopper of Petersburg is the incumbent District Director.
 
Additional election information is available at www.hpwd.org/election2018 or by calling the district office at (806) 762-0181.

Filing period begins July 21 for HPWD Board Positions

Candidates for the position of High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) Director in Precincts One, Two, or Five must file an application for place on the ballot with the Water District office between July 21 and August 20, 2018.
 
An application for place on the ballot may be requested by contacting the HPWD office, 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79411-2499 during regular business hours.  The district office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
 
In August, the Board is expected to order a Nov. 6, 2018 election allowing residents in HPWD Precincts One, Two, and Five to choose a District Director to represent them in groundwater matters for the next four years.
 

Precinct One

District Directors’ Precinct One consists of the portion of Crosby County above the Caprock Escarpment and all of Lubbock and Lynn Counties.  Dan Seale of Lubbock is the incumbent District Director.
 

Precinct Two

District Directors’ Precinct Two consists of Cochran County, most of Hockley County, and all of Lamb County. Brad Heffington of Littlefield is the incumbent District Director.
 

Precinct Five

District Directors’ Precinct Five consists of the portion of Floyd County above the Caprock Escarpment and all of Hale and Swisher Counties. Ronnie Hopper of Petersburg is the incumbent District Director.
 
According to Section 141.001 of the Texas Election Code, a candidate for public elective office (including Water District Director) must:

  • be a United States citizen;
  • be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;
  • have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated; or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  • have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
  • have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for place on the ballot;
  • and be registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected.

Additional election information is available at www.hpwd.org/election2018 or by calling the district office at (806) 762-0181.
 

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