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Schmelling announces BCRAGD candidacy


Dean Schmelling has announced his candidacy for Precinct 3 Director of the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District in the May 14 election. His goad is to help improve the water supply in Bandera County.
The longterm trends of monitoring wells in Bandera County show a significant decline in water levels. We can expect this trend to continue as Bandera County grows and more demands are placed on the aquifer. We must take action(s) to reverse this trend. Should we fail to act this decline in water levels will threaten our property values, our quality of life, and future generations.
As a 16-year resident and landowner in Bandera County, I have personally experienced problems associated with declining water levels in the aquifer. While we cannot do anything to change the fact that we live in a drought-prone area, there are things we must do to better conserve the water that God gives us.
By way of introduction, for those of you I have not met, I retired from the United States Army as a Lt. Colonel after serving 22 years with assignments in the infantry, logistics, intelligence and Special Forces. In the course of my military career, I had to be both a leader and team player to accomplish a wide variety of missions.
I am a member of the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas and share their principal belief in the rights of property ownership as one of the primary foundations of our country. I am also a certified Hill Country Master Naturalist. While God gave man dominion over the earth, we must also be good stewards of what we have been given.
My wife, Norma, and I have been married for 27 years.
In many countries, the citizens have no voice in the matters that most concern their lives. We are fortunate to live in the United States of America where we can openly express our opinions and have our voices heard through elections.
Elections are our chance to make judgments on those who will best represent us and our interests. Those seeking re-election have an opportunity to defend what they have done and state why they deserve to be returned to office. Those challenging them have the opportunity to express their views of why changes are needed and how they would implement those changes.
The people we elect to the water board will play a key role in making decisions that affect the water supply for us and our children. I urge you to consider carefully the candidates for this board. Ask them questions about their agendas, their previous decisions and their ideas and plans for conserving and protecting our water.
If elected, I will be an active board member working with the entire board and stakeholders in the community on solutions to protect our water supply through conservation and increase our water supplies through recycling and rainwater capture.
I ask for your vote and welcome your questions and concerns about water. I can be contacted by email at dschmelling1@gmail.com.