Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rancher, Douglas County fight over water rights This county, one of the richest in the country, is running out of water. Rancher Chuck Quisenberry says that's why local officials are preventing him from selling his water on the open market - so they can buy it cheap for themselves. Douglas County officials say they're simply enforcing zoning rules to protect future water supplies. In a lawsuit, Quisenberry, whose 106-acre ranch sits along Parker Road, charges that the county is abusing land-use rules to force him to keep his water, which he estimates at 400 million gallons annually, on his property. Quisenberry maintains that he could sell it for tens of thousands of dollars to water-strapped towns and cities statewide. At the center of the dispute are two ponds on Quisenberry's ranch that he wants to fill and use as "recharge pits," storage areas. He claims that the county has consistently required him to obtain "special use by review permits" to fill the ponds. The catch, he said, is that the county won't grant the permits unless he dedicates his water to the property for future development needs....

1 comment:

Christine Baptista King said...

Reading "The Westener", rancher
Chuck Quisenberry's land water rights. Immediately after the death of my Father in 1970, we (his heirs) were taken before a lawyer to sign water rights from our Grandfather's property over to Garza County officials. No time for mourning? That's when lawyers do their dirty deeds! I know Chuck Quisenberry..he is an honest and good man. He has been my friend since 1968. He will do what is right for his community.
As, you read more about him...notice how he has opened
fields for baseball practice (for
the youth). He has given much more to his county than the folks living there understand. Get to know Mr. Chuck Quisenberry, before making a snap decision upon his
character. And, for those who don't know, he is a retired Lt. Col. who served our Country in her
time of need. He is a Veteran who
never escaped his obligation.
Christine Baptista King