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BCRAGD to purchase watercraft for quality monitoring, investigations

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

The Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD) Board of Directors, under the general management of David Mauk, presented a well-organized, in-depth report and called for action on six items during their quarterly meeting on Thursday, April 16, at their headquarters at 440 FM 3240.
The meeting was called to order by President Don Sloan, who repeatedly thanked Mauk and his staff for the incredibly informative and transparent presentation of the quarterly and annual reports, including two published booklets, a PowerPoint presentation and a “take-home” jump drive filled with daily schedules, financial reports and information on water conservation.
In fact, so much information was offered at the meeting that the Courier will publish more articles regarding the reports.
“You make us look good,” Sloan said in reference to the board members, who didn’t hesitate to ask questions and initiate discussions on each agenda item.
After approving the minutes from last meeting and the quarterly budget report, the board discussed at length and approved the purchase of a watercraft to be used for water quality, natural resource monitoring and environmental investigations.
“We need to get to the center of the lake,” Mauk said. “We have only been able to test surface water.”
Mauk noted that Medina Lake is no longer being tested by the TCEQ (Texas Commission of Environmental Quality) and stated that it is the ongoing “responsibility of the BCRAGD to safeguard these aquatic resources for Bandera County and everyone in the surrounding areas.”
The board approved approximately $15,000 to purchase the boat that will prominently display the BCRAGD emblem and be used, according to Mauk, a minimum of four times biweekly.
The board also approved moving $75,000 from the checking account to a CD at Texas Hill Country Bank and initiating the Purchase Order system, which provides another checks and balance system to an already stable and transparent fiscal account.
The BCRAGD staff presented a PowerPoint presentation that included information and pictures of daily operations and activities performed around the county.
Morgen Ayers, Water Conservation and Outreach, presented the board with the recognition plaque she received from Bandera Independent School District for her work in the community classrooms.
Before adjourning, Sloan reminded everyone of the upcoming Medina River Cleanup, slated for 9 am to noon, Saturday, May 7, which will include food, music and free T-shirts for volunteers.