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RULE §303.75Requirements for an Application to Convey Water-in-Transit in the Bed and Banks of the Rio Grande

(a) The purpose of this section is to provide the application content requirements for a bed and banks permit authorization for water-in-transit in the Rio Grande under Texas Water Code, §11.3271.

(b) A person who intends to discharge private water that originates from an underground reservoir into the Rio Grande and wishes to divert and use the discharged water must submit an application to the commission containing the following information:

  (1) the name, mailing address, and telephone number of the applicant;

  (2) the location(s) of the proposed groundwater reservoir from which the water will originate identified on a United States Geological Survey (USGS) 7.5 minute topographical map(s);

  (3) the location(s) of the point of the proposed discharge(s) into the Rio Grande and diversion(s) as identified on a USGS 7.5 minute topographical map(s);

  (4) the appropriate ownership or lease documents evidencing applicant's authority to develop the proposed project;

  (5) the source, including a hydrological determination regarding any interaction between the groundwater source and state waters, amount, and rates of the proposed discharge and diversion;

  (6) a description of the quality of the water proposed to be discharged and a description of the Rio Grande water quality at the proposed discharge point with documentation that the discharge will not degrade the Rio Grande;

  (7) the date of the proposed discharge of the groundwater into the Rio Grande;

  (8) an analysis of the amount of water that will be lost under differing flow regimes to transportation, evaporation, seepage, channel, treaty accounting, or other associated losses for each reach of the Rio Grande from the point of discharge to Amistad or Falcon Reservoir, including losses associated with storage in these reservoirs, and carriage losses from these reservoirs to the point of diversion. The losses shall be quantified for each reach of the Rio Grande below Amistad Reservoir as listed in §303.2 of this title (relating to Definitions) and for the appropriate reaches above Amistad Reservoir;

  (9) the maximum amount of water which may be stored in Amistad and/or Falcon Reservoir; and

  (10) any other information the executive director may need to complete an analysis of the application.

(c) The method and calculation of any losses including, but not limited to, carriage, treaty accounting completed by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), storage, and that are associated with any permit issued under this section shall be quantified and made a provision of the permit and shall be subject to the review and approval of the executive director. The method of loss calculation shall be consistent with procedures used by the IBWC.

Source Note: The provisions of this §303.75 adopted to be effective October 26, 2006, 31 TexReg 8716

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