Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

October 21, 2013

Commissioners re-appoint Bauer to groundwater conservation board

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

RUSK —  Bart C. Bauer of Jacksonville, the long-standing president of the Neches & Trinity Valleys Groundwater Conservation District, was re-appointed this week to another four-year term as Cherokee County's official representative to the organization.

Bauer, 41, first was elected president of the district years ago — a few months after his predecessor, Sue Harris, resigned in June, 2007.  

Bauer is listed as the engineering supervisor for the Rusk-based Cherokee County Electric Cooperative Association on that company's website.

His reappointment came Tuesday, when Precinct 1 Cherokee County Commissioner Kelly Traylor made the motion to do so, which was seconded by Precinct 4 Commissioner Byron Underwood. The vote in Bauer's favor was unanimous.

Neither a member of the Cherokee County Commissioners Court nor Bauer himself could be reached to offer further comment on the reappointment Friday.

In a 2008 interview, Bauer stated his  enthusiasm for the work of the district.

"We are a board made up of people from all walks of life, but we are all here with the common goal of protecting our water, and I am looking forward to serving," he said in that previous meeting.

The mission statement of  the conservation district is to implement an efficient, economical and environmentally sound management program for groundwater — and, ultimately, protect and enhance the water resources of the aquifers in the district.

The district is charged with registering all water wells, considering applications for drilling and operating permits, and regulating production from non-exempt wells.

The district, which publishes "WaterWord," a downloadable newsletter, also monitors acquirer levels, offers water conservation education outreach to schools and encourages water conservation to the public.

The district board generally holds its meetings (although always subject to change) at 1:30 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the District office,  212 S. Main St. in Jacksonville.