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File #: AI 13-2026    Version: 1 Name: Medina BIG
Type: Action Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/5/2019 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 2/12/2019 Final action: 2/12/2019
Title: Consider recommendation from the Permits/Enforcement Committee to approve an application to convert base irrigation groundwater owned by Medina County, based on a change in land use.
Attachments: 1. Medina County Conversion Tech Summary, 2. Medina County Conversion Map, 3. FO Converting BIG - Medina County
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Consider recommendation from the Permits/Enforcement Committee to approve an application to convert base irrigation groundwater owned by Medina County, based on a change in land use.

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RECOMMENDED MOTION:

Move the board adopt a Final Order Granting Application to Convert Base Irrigation Groundwater for Initial Regular Permit No. P108-772 (BE00607) based on a change in land use submitted by Medina County.


SUMMARY:

The purpose of this agenda item is for the board to consider a Permits/Enforcement Committee recommendation to approve an Application to Convert Base Irrigation Groundwater to unrestricted irrigation groundwater based on a change in land use. Generally, irrigation Initial Regular Permit (IRP) holders cannot permanently change the place of use or the purpose of use for base irrigation groundwater (BIG) withdrawal rights. However, §711.342 of the EAA Rules allows IRP holders to convert BIG withdrawal rights to unrestricted irrigation groundwater (UIG) withdrawal rights if certain conditions are met under the following three scenarios:

Water Conservation: IRP holders must submit an application that demonstrates the conservation of water after the installation of water conservation equipment, or

Change in Land Use: IRP holders must submit an application to the EAA consistent with §711.342 of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Rules, demonstrating, among other things, either sufficient physical development of the land or evidence that the land is, re-zoned such that it can no longer be used for agricultural purposes, is owned by an entity with the power of condemnation or eminent domain and is used for that entity's legal purposes, or is no longer practicable to farm.

Stacked Base Irrigation Rights: IRP holders must submit an application that demonstrates that an initial regular permit was originally issued by the Authority to the Applicant that contains base irrigation groundwater at an amount in excess of one acre-foot per acre of historical...

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