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2017-07-20

Awards presented at BCRAGD meeting

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At the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD) quarterly meeting July 13, David Mauk, general manager for BCRAGD, presented the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award and the 2017 Recognition of Environmental Excellence to Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) to Marcus Gary, PhD, PG.
Mauk described Gary as a “true scientist” and elaborated on the collaborative effort between the EEA and BCRAGD.
“Over the last few years our district has developed a strong partnership with the Edwards Aquifer Authority,” Mauk said. “This collaboration has been driven by the shared belief in making sound decisions based on the best available science.”
Marcus Gary, the field operations supervisor for aquifer science at the EAA, has provided valuable leadership in moving projects forward in Bandera County, according to Mauk.
Gary was instrumental in getting a United States Geological Survey (USGS) river/rain gauge on the Sabinal River between Utopia and Vanderpool, and a USGS river and rain gauge on the Medina River, above English Crossing. Both gauges are funded by the EAA.
Marcus also refers people who have water wells that they are not using to BCRAGD for use as monitor wells, one way the District gathers useful data.
Gary was also responsible for acquiring the weather station outside the BCRAGD office and offered to teach BCRAGD staff how to build and install similar monitoring stations.
Gary is a valuable resource for the BCRAGD staff; always available for questions, prompt with reliable technological advice and sound solutions to BCRAGD needs.
A little later in the same meeting, representatives from the Texas Floodplain Managers Association presented BCRAGD with the 2017 John Patton Community Service Award plaque, for the award which was announced in April.