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You & the state water plan - water For Texas 2012

Special to the Courier

(Editor's note: Beginning Thursday, Dec. 6, the Bandera County Courier will publish a four-part water series by Milan J. Michalec of Kendall County. Michalec wrote the piece in advance of the 2013 session of the Texas Legislature.
The first article begins with the state of the state's present and future water needs as spelled out in the state water plan. In part two, readers will learn the cost of implementing the plan.
Part three concentrates on the need for Texas, as a whole, to conserve water in the future while the conclusion to the series presents what individuals can do specifically to conserve this resource to meet their needs today.
In 2009, Michalec wrote a six-part series, published in the Courier about the current drought its ramifications for the State of Texas.)

Milan J. Michalec was born Dec. 12, 1956 in Torrance, California. In 1969, he moved with his family to Slidell, Louisiana where he graduated from Slidell High School in 1975 and enlisted in the United States Air Force.
After completing a 25-year career in aircraft maintenance, Michalec retired from the Air Force as a Chief Master Sergeant in 2001. Since his retirement, he has been employed as a Department of Defense Logistics and Aircraft Maintenance Program Analyst at Randolph Air Force Base.
Michalec and his wife of 33 years have lived near Bergheim since 1996 and have two adult sons, Adam and Andrew.
Currently, he is serving a third term on the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District as Director Precinct 2, a position he has held since 2006.
Additionally, Michalec is a Texas Master Naturalist and is a member of the board of directors - as well as a Water Team Leader - with the Hill Country Alliance.
A founding member the Kendall County Well Owners Association, Michalec previously served on the Education Committee of the Friends of Government Canyon at the Government Canyon State Natural Area in San Antonio and participated in the Camp Bullis Joint Land Use Study representing Trinity Aquifer Groundwater Conservation Districts.
He said, "In Kendall County every drop of water matters. As we cope with unprecedented growth, we must recognize our water sources begin with a single drop that falls from the sky. The development of the land throughout our Hill Country affects both quality and quantity of groundwater.
Michalec continued, "In the future, we will see increased use of surface water. This source also traces its beginning to that first drop. Groundwater and surface water management must reflect this relationship - they are interconnected.
"Ground and surface water supplies originate with the rain that falls on the land and in turn, this water is captured by complex, large-scale ecological processes involving many variables, including plants, animals, soils and geology. We are every bit an integral part of the water cycle."