A pivotal challenge affecting the entire state’s groundwater management taken by Environmental Stewardship (ES) is awaiting a ruling by the Texas Water Development Board in GMA-12 (Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Navarro, Robertson, and Williamson counties). Do groundwater districts have to consider the impact of aquifer (groundwater) drawdowns on rivers and streams (surface water)? Any hydrologist will tell you that “surface water” (rivers, streams, etc.) are intimately connected to groundwater (aquifers). Go to the ES website for more information.