Internet Posting Requirements for Political Subdivisions

Mailing Address of Political Subdivision: 2107 Hwy 132, Natalia, Texas 78059
Telephone Number: 830-665-2132
Email Address: info@bmawater.org

Elected Officers of Political Subdivision

DIRECTOR- PRECINCT 1 - Exp 2022
DIRECTOR- PRECINCT 2 - Exp 2020
DIRECTOR- PRECINCT 3 - Exp 2020
DIRECTOR- PRECINCT 4 - Exp 2020
DIRECTOR- PRECINCT 5 - Exp 2022
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Exp 2022
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Exp 2020

Date of Next Officer Election: May 2, 2020
Location of Next Officer Election: 2107 Highway 132 Natalia, Texas 78059

Candidate Eligibility Requirements

Precinct Director must be a landowner in District and precinct. At Large Director must be a landowner in District

Deadline to File Candidate Application: February 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Notice and Record of Meeting of Political Subdivision’s Governing Body (If Applicable to Political Subdivision): Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month.

General Instructions

Please see the following general instructions regarding the completion of the internet posting requirements for political subdivisions:

Political Subdivision’s Contact Information: List the political subdivision’s contact information, including a mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Elected Officer of the Political Subdivision: List the names of each elected or appointed public elective officer within the political subdivision and the year the officer’s term expires. For counties, this includes providing information regarding county and precinct officers. Counties are not required to list the names of statewide or district elective officers.

Date and Location of the Next Election for Officers of the Political Subdivision: The political subdivision should provide the address of the main administrative office (i.e. the location a person would expect to file candidate applications). Although political subdivisions must include information regarding the date of the next general election for officers, the best practice would include posting the date of a special election for an officer as soon as possible after such special election is ordered. Political subdivisions may also provide a link to the Notice of Election once same has been issued for an election.

Requirements and Deadline for Filing for Candidacy: Please note, the requirements and deadline for filing for candidacy of each elected office of the political subdivision must be continuously posted for at least one year before the election day for the office. The online posting need not refer to the Ethics Commission filing requirements for candidates.

Regarding the candidacy deadline, the best practice would be to include the candidate filing deadline for general elections, the candidate filing deadline for any special elections which have been ordered to fill a vacancy, and the write-in candidate deadline.

In regards to the requirements for filing for candidacy, at a minimum, the political subdivision must provide a statement of candidate requirements including form, content, and procedure. This includes, for example: (a) the type of candidate application form needed, along with a link to the candidate application, and (b) information regarding whether there is a candidate filing fee and how much, or whether there is a petition in lieu of a filing fee available, as well as a link to such petition.

The political subdivision must additionally post the qualifications for an office which are specific to your entity. This includes, for example, how long the candidate must be a resident of the state and/or the territory elected from, whether the candidate needs to be a registered voter, and other pertinent candidate eligibility requirements relevant to the political subdivision.

The political subdivision may also provide a link to Section 141.001 of the Election Code, if applicable (which details eligibility requirements for public office), and/or also provide a link to other sections of relevant codes or a city’s charter, which may also provide specific candidate eligibility requirements for the entity.

Requirements for Posting Notice of Meetings and Record of Meetings of Political Subdivision’s Governing Body: Our office recommends consulting with your political subdivision’s local counsel regarding this particular posting requirement.

The requirements for posting notice of meetings and record of meetings of the political subdivision’s governing body does not apply to

(1)a county with a population of less than 10,000;

(2)a municipality with a population of less than 5,000 located in a county with a population of less than 25,000; or

(3)a school district with a population of less than 5,000 in the district's boundaries and located in a county with a population of less than 25,000.

Please see the following guides available on the Secretary of State’s website that your political subdivision may find helpful in providing and posting candidate information:

Terms, Qualifications, and Vacancies VR for Candidates (HB 484) FAQ
Candidacy for Local Political Subdivisions
2020 Candidate‚Äôs Guide ‚Äď Running for Federal, State, District or County Offices
Running for Local Offices

Election News

September 15, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE – Updated BMA Election Information

On the 26th day of March 2020, be it known that the Board of Directors of the Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. I (District) has hereby adopted, by a majority vote of
September 15, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE – Notice of Appointment as Judge

On the 26th day of March 2020, be it known that the Board of Directors of the Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. I (District) has hereby adopted, by a majority vote of
September 15, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE – Notice of 2020 Election

On the 26th day of March 2020, be it known that the Board of Directors of the Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. I (District) has hereby adopted, by a majority vote of

Questions About Our Election

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History

Medina Lake and Canal System

Medina Lake was constructed from 1911-1912 as an irrigation reservoir. An extensive canal system delivers water by gravity flow to 33,000 acres of irrigated farmland below the Balcones escarpment around Castroville, La Coste, Natalia, and Devine. Portions of the canal extend to urban San Antonio, just outside Loop 1604. At the time it was constructed, it was the biggest irrigation project west of the Mississippi. At spillway capacity, Medina Lake covers about 5,575 acres, has a length of 18 miles, a maximum width of three miles, 110 miles of shoreline, and a storage capacity of 254,823 acre-feet. BMA is authorized to impound 237,874 acre feet. In addition to the Medina Dam and Lake, Diversion Dam is about four miles downstream that creates Diversion Lake, from which discharges are made to the canal system.

Medina Dam, Medina Lake, and Diversion Lake were constructed partially on the Edwards limestone outcrop, so the lakes contribute large amounts of water to Aquifer recharge. Seepage losses from Medina Lake and Diversion Lake have been documented by the USGS and other sources since completion of the irrigation structures in 1912.  All of the water lost from the lakes has been assumed to enter the Edwards Aquifer, either directly or indirectly through the Trinity Aquifer.  In 2004, the United States Geological Survey completed a water budget analysis and concluded that an average of about 3,083 acre-feet recharges each month (Slattery and Miller, 2004).

In 1910, world famous engineer Dr. Fred Stark Pearson persuaded British investors to finance construction of the Medina dam and canal system. A crew of 1,500 men worked around the clock to mix 292,000 cubic yards of concrete and form it into a waterproof wall 164 feet high, 128 feet wide at the base, 25 feet wide at the top, and 1,580 feet long. Laborers received $2 a day, which were good wages for those days. Most were Mexican nationals who had prior experience building hydroelectric dams with Pearson in Mexico, and most of them brought their families. At least 70 people were killed by accidents and disease during the year of construction.

Although Dr. Pearson usually gets credit for building Medina Dam, it was not his idea, and several others were instrumental in the project.¬† According to Rev. Cyril Kuehne, who published a historical account of the dam’s construction in 1966 called Ripples From Medina Lake, the original dreamer was Castroville founder Henri Castro.¬† The year was around 1850, and means were not available, but Castro assured his fellow pioneers that someday a great dam would be build to harness the Medina River’s floodwaters and irrigate the land around Castroville. For decades, pioneers referred to the area that would become Medina Lake as the “Box Canyon”.

In 1894, Alex Y. Walton was on a hunting trip to the Box Canyon and, upon inspection of the natural contours, became convinced that waters could be held in readiness here and “according to the need for the service of man.” He sought expert advice, and obtained enthusiastic support from engineers Terrell Bartlett and Willis Ranney. After completing surveys and engineering plans, they enlisted the help of Judge Duval West to prepare all the legal papers that would be required.

Finally, all that was lacking was money, but for years the group was unable to interest anybody who could provide the capital.  Discouraged but unwilling to give up, they turned to businessman Thomas B. Palfrey.  He was not willing to finance the project himself, but he remembered that Dr. Pearson had employed his friend, a San Antonio native named Clint H. Kearny, and that Kearny had mentioned to him that water power and irrigation sites were becoming scarce in the world, and that if any good prospects were to come to his attention to be sure and let him know.  Kearny visited the site and recommended it to Dr. Pearson, who, 16 years after Walton first visited the Box Canyon, finally succeeded in securing financing for construction from British investors.

The pace of construction was frenetic, mostly because the builders expected large floods in the summer of 1913 that would fill the reservoir.  The floods never materialized, and after construction was complete in November 1912, it was 18 months before any significant rains occurred.  The Lake was not filled to capacity for the first time until September 1919.  Whether the designers overestimated the rainfall or the size of the watershed is not clear, but what is certain is the Medina River watershed has simply never been able to supply as much water as they envisioned.  Wildly fluctuating levels have characterized Medina Reservoir throughout its entire history.

Medina Dam was only one component of Alex Walton’s comprehensive master plan to establish town sites and sell land to prospective farmers. His group established the Medina Irrigation Company and laid out the town of Natalia, named after Pearson’s daughter Natalie.¬† But before land sales could be started, world events spelled financial disaster for the project.¬† When England became involved in World War I in 1914, Pearson’s access to British capital was limited, and the Company was placed in receivership.¬† In order to make a personal appeal to British investors for more capital, Pearson and his wife boarded the Lusitania and perished when the ocean liner was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on May 7, 1915.¬† After that, US federal courts did not allow any land sales, so the Company leased land until it was released from receivership.¬† The stockholders preferred selling the Company to reorganizing, and there were several failed attempts to keep the endeavor alive, but all the subsequent corporations also went into receivership.¬† Finally, in 1950, assets that had cost $6 million to build were sold for $10 and “other valuable considerations” to the Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Improvement District No. 1 (BMA), which voters had established in 1925 to oversee the project.¬† The BMA has continued to own and manage the project since that time.

The graph below estimates the contents of Medina Lake since it was first received significant inflow in 1914. There is uncertainty in the older numbers, and the newer numbers will change as new information becomes available.

Rains that have little effect on the Lake may reflect a new normal. In recent years, large areas of the Hill Country are becoming gentrified, with large ranches cut up into small residential ranchettes. Each new resident drills a new well, and many of them construct impoundments on tributaries of the Medina River to create private lakes. All of this appears to be impacting the volume of water that ends up in Medina Lake during smaller rainfall events.

Here is a graph that shows estimated storage volume as a percentage of capacity since 1991. Generous rains fell over the region in 2012, but none of it fell above Medina Lake, so the lake continued to drop and finished 2013 at less than 4% of capacity. Rains in May and June of 2014 were above average, but they had little effect on the Lake.

In May of 2015, tremendous rains overwhelmed any of these new factors affecting inflow and the Lake gained almost 40% of its capacity in just one day, on May 24. It finished the month at 53% full. In June of 2015, the BMA resumed deliveries of water to irrigators.  By the end of that month, it had recovered to almost 75% full.

Gregg Eckhardt contributor.