Rattlesnake Creek / Quivira NWR LEMA

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 is pursuing a Local Enhanced Management Area ("LEMA"). The proposed LEMA has three primary goals:


  1. To address the USFWS impairment complaint on Water Right File No. 7571,
  2. To reduce water use in the LEMA area to a degree that will temper the growth of future streamflow losses, and
  3. To restore the useful supply to diversion points of the Rattlesnake Creek region.

This page is intended to provide information to stakeholders in the area regarding this process.

Current Status

The District is diligently working with area stakeholders to provide a sustainable remedy to the Quivira NWR impairment complaint. The issue at hand is extremely complex and affects the livelihood of several generations throughout this region. As such, the District is considering every option thoroughly and consulting expert hydrogeologists to ensure that the objectives put forward are effective and based on the best science available. 


The District board has unanimously approved the LEMA plan to be submitted to the Chief Engineer for review in preparation for public hearings. This approved document is linked below. We encourage all stakeholders in the area to carefully review this document and get in touch with the District with concerns or questions.

LEMA Plan Document

If you would like to provide feedback on the LEMA process or the objectives currently being considered, please use the form below and email it to LEMA@gmd5.org

Submit Feedback

Background Documents