Subsidence key to Montgomery County’s ongoing groundwater debate

HARC in the News


By Ben Thompson, Vanessa Holt, Community Impact

A series of decisions this year facing the entities that control water resources in Montgomery County could not only affect local water bills in The Woodlands area, but some experts say they could also have long-lasting environmental repercussions.

These entities are examining the future of groundwater

usage ahead of a regional decision on new long-term groundwater usage rules that must be adopted in early 2022.


“You can’t undo subsidence,” said Jace Houston, the general manager of the San Jacinto River Authority, which provides surface water in Montgomery County. “Once the ground sinks an inch, you can’t make it come back.

Jace Houston, General Manager, San Jacinto River Authority