About 127 square miles within Tribland would be subject to more stringent regulations on groundwater use under a proposal being considered by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District board of directors.
The land in northeastern Adams County and in portions of Clay, Fillmore and Hamilton counties would be part of a total of 430 square miles to be designated a High Risk Groundwater Area under proposed changes to the UBBNRD's groundwater management rules and regulations.
The affected acreage includes about 13 square miles in Adams County in the Hastings-Trumbull area; two square miles directly across the county line in Clay County; 16 square miles in the northeastern corner of Clay County; 20 square miles in east-central Clay County; 22 square miles in northwestern Fillmore County; 19 square miles in southwestern Fillmore County; 19 square miles in southeastern Fillmore County; and 17 square miles in southwestern Hamilton County.
The remainder of the High Risk Groundwater Area is in northern Hamilton and western Polk counties or on the far east side of the Upper Big Blue district — a highly productive jurisdiction that encompasses all of York County, virtually all of Hamilton County, and portions of Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Saline, Seward, Butler and Polk counties.
A public hearing on the proposal is planned for 7:30 p.m. July 30 at district headquarters in York.