Groundwater is a critical resource for the Greater Houston-Galveston region and Texas. Careful management of groundwater resources is necessary to ensure that current water needs are met, and future needs are protected. It is vital to have detailed, current, and accurate data to manage groundwater resources sustainably. It is also important that technical data are communicated to area residents and regional stakeholders in an easy-to-understand manner.
The Regional Groundwater Science Partnership will provide a science-based review as well as community education and outreach on regional data and studies relating to groundwater supply, groundwater demand, and subsidence in Montgomery and Harris counties.
HARC has convened a group of nationally respected scientists to analyze research findings describing groundwater resources and subsidence in Montgomery and Harris Counties. Findings of the SAC will be summarized in a final report and outreach products for the greater community.
In addition, as part of the research initiative, a Conflict-of-Interest Policy for SAC members has been adopted. The scientists participating in the SAC will neither make nor recommend specific policy decisions. Rather, they will provide unbiased and
independent advice on the science used to support regional policy decisions. All findings of the SAC will be made publicly available to elected officials, decision makers and the general public in the form of reports, fact sheets and online resources including GIS-enabled story maps.
The work of the Regional Groundwater Research Partnership is financially supported by a consortium of municipalities and special use districts interested in supporting independent, science-based groundwater and subsidence research and data analysis. The Consortium’s quarterly meetings are held independent of the SAC. Members of the Consortium
receive the same level of scientific information shared with decision makers and the general public.
A goal of the Regional Groundwater Research Partnership is to increase public understanding of regional groundwater resources, relationships to subsidence, and the formulation of science-based policy. Stakeholder engagement activities conducted through conversations and workshops will inform the creation of research reports, informational fact
sheets and online tools. Information resources will be formatted for ease of use, distribution, and understanding and made accessible through a community toolkit. Please check this webpage periodically to view additional resources as the work of the SAC progresses.
After Hurricane Ike in 2008, HARC researchers conducted an analysis of storm surge and wave impacts on land and studied ways to use breakwater islands to mitigate these effects.
The Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) is a locally-developed, voluntary watershed management plan that helps to restore and protect water quality.