Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program

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The Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program offers grants to state agencies and political subdivisions for technical assistance, demonstration, technology transfer, education, and metering projects that conserve water. Grant topics vary from year to year to address current issues and topics in agricultural water conservation. The goal of these projects is to implement designated agricultural irrigation conservation strategies in the state water plan and to demonstrate best management practices that may save water or improve water use efficiency.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) annually publishes a Requests for Applications (RFAs) in the Texas Register. The total amount of the grants to be awarded by the TWDB per fiscal year shall not exceed $600,000 from the Agricultural Water Conservation Fund. The Agricultural Water Conservation Fund's (31 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 367), governing rules, guidelines, and instructions are available upon request from the TWDB. Follow this link to view the current TWDB Request For Applications.

 

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Agricultural Demonstration Initiative Grants

In 2004, the TWDB authorized funding two long-term Agricultural Demonstration Initiative grants in the Texas Southern High Plains and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. See the details on the water saving techniques demonstrated by these projects.

Agricultural Grants Projects

The following table includes details on all Agricultural Water Conservation Grants funded by TWDB since 2004. Where available, a PDF of the final report is provided.

Contract Number Fiscal Year Contractor Funded Amount Project Type Project Description
1513581886 2015 North Plains GCD $295,050 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581885 2015 South Plains UWCD $20,000 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581884 2015 Mesa UWCD $12,500 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581883 2015 Lower Neches Valley Authority $30,000 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581882 2015 Edwards Aquifer Authority $22,050 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581860 2015 North Plains GCD $800,400 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581859 2015 Mesquite GCD $150,000 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581858 2015 Coastal Bend GCD $200,000 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581857 2015 Brush Country GCD $10,000 Metering 50 percent cost-share of meters.
1513581823 2015 Texas A&M University - Kingsville $200,000 Irrigation System Improvements Demonstrations of improved water conserving irrigation techniques to educate citrus growers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
1513581822 2015 Gulf Coast Water Authority $200,000 Irrigation System Improvements Installation of real-time water use monitoring equipment and implementation of conservation pricing.
1513581821 2015 Cameron County Irrigation District No. 6 $150,000 Irrigation System Improvements Open-canal to pipeline replacement project with an agricultural water conservation education seminar for producers.
1413581688 2014 Texas Tech University $3,600,000 Demonstrations Texas Alliance for Water Conservation - $3.6 million appropriated from existing Ag Funds during FY 14 & 15 for continuation of the agricultural demonstration project in the Texas High Plains
1413581737 2014 North Plains GCD $197,313 Demonstrations Demonstrations of irrigation technologies and practices for growers in the Northern High Plains targeting 200 bushels of corn with 12 inches of irrigation water
1413581739 2014 Santa Cruz Irrigation District $200,000 Irrigation System Improvements Canal-lining to reduce water loss
1413581738 2014 El Paso County WID No. 1 $200,000 Irrigation System Improvements Canal-lining to reduce water loss
1413581736 2014 High Plains UWCD $617,500 Metering Cost-share funding for the purchase of irrigation meters
1413581752 2014 North Plains GCD $600,000 Metering Cost-share funding for the purchase of irrigation meters
1413581751 2014 Panhandle GCD $107,500 Metering Cost-share funding for the purchase of irrigation meters
1413581750 2014 Mesquite GCD $150,000 Metering Cost-share funding for the purchase of irrigation meters
1413581753 2014 Coastal Bend GCD $25,000 Metering Cost-share funding for the purchase of irrigation meters
1313581612 2013 UT - Bureau of Economic Geology $194,029 Research Feasibility and assessment of remote sensing technologies to assist with estimating irrigation water use in Texas
1313581611 2013 Lower Neches Valley Authority $100,000 Metering Irrigation measurement - purchase and installation of metering equipment in the Devers Canal System
1313581610 2013 Lower Colorado River Authority $101,700 Irrigation System Improvements Installation and automation of canal check gate structures in the LCRA Gulf Coast Irrigation Division
1313581609 2013 Harlingen Irrigation District $200,000 Irrigation System Improvements Efficiency improvements to the irrigation conveyance system, including replacement of concrete laterals with pipelines
1213581479 2012 Coastal Bend GCD $25,000 Metering Agriculture Water Conservation Grant for metering.
1213581480 2012 Mesquite GCD $50,000 Metering Agriculture Water Conservation Grant for metering.
1213581481 2012 Panhandle Regional Planning Commission $200,000 Education Educational outreach and training for targeted users of the Texas High Plains Evapotranspiration Network for use in irrigation scheduling.
1213581482 2012 Texas A&M University – Kingsville $136,982 Demonstration Demonstration of improved water conserving irrigation techniques to educate citrus growers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
1103581250 2011 Colorado County Groundwater Conservation District $50,000 Metering Agriculture Water Conservation Grant for metering
1103581251 2011 Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District $10,373 Metering Agriculture Water Conservation Grant for metering
1103581253 2011 Texas AgriLife Research $77,208 Demonstrations Demonstrations of irrigation efficiency improvements
1103581252 2011 North Plains Groundwater Conservation District $250,000 Demonstrations Demonstrations of irrigation efficiency improvements
1103581254 2011 Texas Tech University $101,049 Audits Irrigation System Audits
1003581095 2010 El Paso County WCID No. 1 $50,000 Metering Delivery of flow and soil water content measurements to farmers for improved irrigation water management.
1003581096 2010 Hemphill County UWCD $36,491 Metering Irrigation Water Use Metering
1003581097 2010 Medina County GCD $60,000 Metering Irrigation Water Use Metering
1003581098 2010 Panhandle GCD $63,375 Metering Irrigation Water Use Metering
1003581099 2010 Sandy Land UWCD $11,000 Education Conservation Education and Public Awareness
1003581100 2010 Texas AgriLife Extension $57,321 Education Youth education on rainwater harvesting and agricultural irrigation training for small acreage landowners.
1003581101 2010 Panhandle GCD $127,300 Audits Irrigation System Audits
1003581102 2010 Sandy Land UWCD $47,801 Audits Irrigation System Audits
0903580957 2009 Texas AgriLife Research $275,000 Research Estimation of irrigated land use using time-integrated remotely sensed data.  The 4 pilot projects have been identified.
0903580956 2009 Texas AgriLife Research $99,076 Education Educational enhancements to the TX High Plains Evapo-transpiration Network.
0903580958 2009 Panhandle GCD $125,000 Research Economic impacts of the 50/50 management standard for use of Ogallala Aquifer. Addendum
0903580955 2009 Lower Colorado River Authority $99,219 Technology Transfer Garwood Irrigation Division volumetric measurement equipment.
0903580882 2008 Harlingen Irrigation District $249,015 Technology Transfer Designed, developed, and demonstrated innovative technologies including automatic gates and a soil moisture sensor telemetry system.
0903580904 2008 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $198,835 Research Assessment of Texas Evapotranspiration (ET) Networks include site visits and sensor degradation analyses.
0903580884 2008 Panhandle GCD $149,968 Metering Purchased and installed 159 flow meters and 27 telemetry devices.
0703580719 2007 Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board $100,000 Other Supplemented statewide technical assistance to implement agricultural water conservation Best Management Practices.
0703580721 2007 Uvalde County UWCD $68,992 Metering Purchased and installed 112 flow meters.
0703580720 2007 Mesa UWCD $35,729 Metering Purchased and installed 23 flow meters, 16 dataloggers and 1 portable flowmeter and construction of 3 monitoring wells.
0603580592 2006 Texas Cooperative Extension $100,000 Demonstrations AgriPartners Program employed 5 farm demonstration assistants to monitor irrigation water use from 44 field demonstration sites.  Producer-to-producer education was disseminated.
0603580596 2006 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $250,000 Demonstrations Precision Irrigation Network (II) in Wintergarden and Texas High Plains.  A total of 45 field demonstration sites were developed to promote deficit irrigation methods and validate CropMan model.
0603580605 2006 Texas Cooperative Extension $250,000 Education Irrigation Training Program for agricultural producers.  Two versions of training curriculum were developed and 6 training events were conducted.  Over 200 producers and governmental staff attended training.
0503580024 2005 Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board $100,000 Other Supplemented technical assistance for statewide irrigation water conservation practices.  199 Soil and Water Conservation Districts participated in the program.
0503580023 2005 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $150,000 Demonstrations Precision Irrigation Network in the Wintergarden and Texas High Plains.  Field demonstrations sites were established with drip systems and soil moisture sensors.  A Decision Support System was developed for enhancing the use of evapo-transpiration tools by the cooperating producers.
2005358021 2005 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $85,265 Research High yielding, short season, and stress tolerant varieties of corn were tested.  Research showed that irrigation water use could be reduced without yield reduction for Texas High Plains.
0503580025 2005 Post Oak Savanah GCD $6,562 Metering Purchased and utilized a portable flow meter with thickness gauge to measure unmetered irrigation wellls.
2005358018 2005 Sandy Land UWCD $41,093 Demonstrations Drip irrigation system on cotton in Yoakum County.  Demonstrated that 34.75 acre feet of water could be saved and also increase production.
0503580020 2005 Tule Creek SWCD $1,050 Metering Purchased and utilized a portable flow meter with thickness gauge to measure unmetered irrigation wellls.
0503580019 2005 Lower Neches Valley Authority $61,000 Metering Purchased and installed laser levelling and metering equipment.
0503580014 2005 Texas Tech University $6,224,775 Demonstrations Texas Alliance for Water Conservation - agricultural water conservation demonstration project in the Texas High Plains
0503580013 2005 Harlingen Irrigation District $3,775,225 Demonstrations Texas Project for Ag Water Efficiency - agricultural water conservation demonstration project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
0503580022 2005 Coastal Bend GWCD $50,000 Metering Purchased and installed 62 flow meters.
2005358016 2005 Texas Cooperative Extension $45,000 Demonstrations Nursery industry water use and utilization of Best Management Practices.  A survey of water use data from the nursery/floral industry and field days were conducted.
2004358004 2004 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $40,600 Demonstrations Demonstration of drip irrigation systems at Uvalde Research & Extension Center.  Drip Irrigation system for forage crops, vegetable crops, and for Bermuda grass were installed and demonstrated to producers.
2004358005 2004 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $100,000 Demonstrations Statewide competitive small grants program for demonstrating agricultural water conservation Best Management Practices.  Texas Water Resources Institute administered the award to 10 recipients and supervised their research activities.
2004358008 2004 Texas Agricultural Experiment Station $44,400 Technology Transfer Operational support and technological upgrades for the Texas High Plains Evapotranspiration (ET) Network.  A new database was developed and a listserv mechanism was established to disseminate ET data to users.
2004358001 2004 Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board $115,000 Other Supplement of the statewide technical assistance program to agricultural producers.  A total of 197 Soil and Water Conservation Districts participated in the program and identified areas of potential water savings.
0403580003 2004 Cameron County Irrigation District No. 2 $50,000 Technology Transfer Purchased and installed 11 pressure transducers, 11 gates, and a telemetry system to monitor gates.
0403580002 2004 High Plains UWCD No. 1 $20,000 Metering Purchased and installed 15 flowmeters.
2004358011 2004 Uvalde County UWCD $54,000 Research Installation and research on 2 weighing Lysimeters at Uvalde Research & Extension Center.  Crop coefficeints were developed for corn, spinach, onions, cotton, and wheat.
0403580012 2004 La Feria Irrigation District $25,000 Technology Transfer Purchased & installed an open channel device to calibrate flow meters and includes telemetry system.
043580006 2004 Sandy Land UWCD $51,800 Demonstrations Drip Irrigation system installed in 60 acres for watermelons.  Demonstrated that 54 acre feet of water could be potentially saved as compared with sprinkler irrigation system.
0403580010 2004 North Plains GCD $23,500 Demonstrations Procured and installed a new center pivot system with dual nozzling options for research and demonstration.

Where can I get more information?

Please contact Agricultural Conservation staff at agconservation@twdb.texas.gov for more information.

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