Farmers Branch Creek Info

EXCERPTS FROM TCEQ HEARING

| Video at http://www.texasadmin.com/tx/tceq/agenda_meeting/20170215/

In a hearing held on February 15, 2017, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners discuss the situation and have specific comments on Addison’s action.

A discussion of the commissioner’s findings begins at 1:13:25.

Commissioner Jon Niermann

(beginning at 1:14:35):
“I’m troubled by what I see as willful non-compliance of TCEQ statutes, regulations and terms of the permit and I agree that the proposed penalty is too low.”

Chairman Bryan W. Shaw

(beginning at 1:16:45):
“Specifically look at the violation for unauthorized impoundment of State Water - state water was actually impounded – I think there’s evidence that appears that there was actual harm occurred based on the evidence that we’ve seen that occurred as a result of this violation especially given that this unauthorized impoundment occurred during the time of a drought.”

(1:20:33)


“This respondent (Addison) made no effort to come into compliance.”

Then, of course, there is Addison’s continued assertion that use of the non-permitted Woodbine Aquifer facilitates water leaving Addison into Farmers Branch cleaner than it arrived. Chairman Shaw plainly refutes that:

Chairman Bryan W. Shaw

(beginning at 1:20:55):
"While the respondent Woodbine Aquifer groundwater meets the Texas water quality standards when co-mingled with surface water, the October 2014 investigation report states that the October 8, 2014 sampling of well water did not meet the water quality standards. The respondents October 6, 2014 letter and the 2014 investigation report both show groundwater from the Woodbine Aquifer, that has been used as makeup water since at least August 1, 2012, based on sampling, this groundwater has actually introduced pollutants to state surface water.”

Finally, Addison is insistent that they are pumping more than the required amount of makeup water since 2013. However, they fail to mention that prior to 2013 there was a period of almost two years when they pumped no water at all (Chairman Shaw’s note on unauthorized impoundment during the time of a drought).

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Due to concerns expressed by residents, an environmental engineering study is being conducted on Farmers Branch Creek to determine the cause(s) of reported low stream flows. Information will be posted as soon as the study is completed, or as soon as any pertinent information becomes available.

Please read the January 13 letter to residents regarding this study.

Additional information on the upcoming agenda item for this creek flow study is now available:

TRC Hydrological and Hydraulic Statement of Qualifications
TRC Water Supply Statement of Qualifications
TRC Professional Services Agreement
Dr. Matthew Uliana resumé
James Machin, PE resumé
No Conflict of Interest certification

January 21 Study Session Creek Flow Study presentation

UPDATE as of December 11, 2014

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On September 24, 2014 a letter was sent to TCEQ signed by Scott Deatherage, attorney representing the Concerned Citizens of Farmers Branch, and Jeff Civins, attorney representing the City of Farmers Branch. The letter was accompanied by the "White Paper". (There are links to copies of these documents below.)



As of December 16, 2014 TCEQ has stated that a final report of its findings should be available in mid-January.

August 21 Summary of Pumping and Losses:

REPORTS


2018


April 2018 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
arch 2018 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
February 2018 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
January 2018 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log

2017


2017 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
January 2017 Vitruvian Park Well Flog log

2016


October 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
September 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
August 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
July 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
June 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
May 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
April 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
March 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
February 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
January 2016 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log

2015


December 2015 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
November 2015 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
October 2015 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
September 2015 Vitruvian Park Well Flow log
August 16 Vitruvian Park Water Well Flow Log
August 3 Creek Flow Study Report
July 27 Vitruvian Park Water Well Flow Log
July 27 Creek Flow Study Report
July 20 Creek Flow Study Report
July 17 Vitruvian Park Water Well Flow Log
July 13 Creek Flow Study Report
July 9 Vitruvian Park Water Well Flow Log
May 20 Creek Flow Study Report
March 26 Updated Creek Flow Study
TCEQ Investigation Report - Posted January 21, 2015

2014


Farmers Branch Creek Study Report, Updated May 13, 2014

Letter to Residents re: Creek Flow Study

WHITE PAPER


Links to tabbed attachments are contained throughout the supporting documents below. Click on the tab numbers to be taken to each corresponding attachment.

White Paper from the City of Farmers Branch and Concerned Citizens, September 24, 2014
September 24, 2014 letter to TCEQ
Index of Tabs

CORRESPONDENCE


City of Farmers Branch Letter to the Town of Addison July 14, 2015
TCEQ letter to State Rep. Rinaldi June 5, 2015
State Rep. Rinaldi's letter to TCEQ June 2, 2015
TRC Memo re: KBA letter to TCEQ May 22, 2015, KBA letter to TCEQ April 7, 2015 re Amendment Application (additional)
Haynes and Boone letter to TCEQ May 11, 2015, with attached Technical Memo from TRC
City of Farmers Branch letter to Rep. Matt Rinaldi May 11, 2015
City of Farmers Branch letter to State Senator Don Huffines May 11, 2015
Rep. Anchia's letter to TCEQ May 6, 2015
City of Farmers Branch letter to TCEQ re: Addison Water Use Permit, April 6, 2015
Synopsis of Meeting with TCEQ, Reference Town of Addison - March 30, 2015
City of Farmers Branch letter to State Senator Don Huffines March 11, 2015
City of Farmers Branch letter to State Rep. Matt Rinaldi March 11, 2015
Town of Addison March 10, 2015 City Council Agenda Item to amend their Water Rights Permit No. 5383A
Town of Addison February 27, 2015 application to TCEQ to amend their Water Use Permit, List of Mitigation Plan Exhibits, Map of Aerial Photos
City of Farmers Branch letter to TCEQ February 24, 2015
Letter from TCEQ Manager Ron Ellis to Addison December 19, 2014
Letter from Rep. Bennett Ratliff to TCEQ September 25, 2014
Letter from Rep. Rafael Anchia to TCEQ September 10, 2014
City of Farmers Branch Letter to Rep. Rafael Anchia August 28, 2014
City of Farmers Branch Letter to Rep. Bennett Ratliff August 28, 2014
Letter from Rep. Bennett Ratliff to TCEQ July 18, 2014
Haynes and Boone Letter to TCEQ July 8, 2014
Update meeting with TCEQ held July 7, 2014
Letter from Rep. Rafael Anchia to TCEQ July 1, 2014
City of Farmers Branch Letter to Rep. Rafael Anchia June 12, 2014
Email response from Town of Addison City Manager June 6, 2014
City of Farmers Branch Letter to the Town of Addison, May 22, 2014
City of Farmers Branch Letter to the Town of Addison, May 30, 2014
Letter from Town of Addison to TCEQ February 7, 2013
Letter from Kleinfelder Central to Town of Addison July 5, 2012

MAP


Farmers Branch Creek aerial map