Texas Water Development Board presents 2011 Texas Rain Catcher Award to Native American Seed

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN - (March 1, 2012) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today presented the 2011 Texas Rain Catcher Award to Native American Seed in Junction for their remarkable efforts at conserving water through rainwater harvesting. They won the commercial/industrial category of the annual competition.

Native American Seed built its rainwater harvesting system in direct response to the ongoing drought in Texas. In anticipation of receiving a directive from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to curtail all watering of native wildflower and prairie grass seed because of the lack of available drinking water in Llano, the company decided to establish a sustainable water supply system for their business facilities. Rainwater flowing off the 5,000 square foot roof at the main seed cleaning facility at the site is collected into a 30,000-gallon metal tank and treated with sediment filters and an ultraviolet lamp before being used.

Other winners of the 2011 Texas Rain Catcher Award are the Denton County Administrative Complex in Denton (government category); Hacienda Maria in Junction (government category); and the Hays Consolidated Independent School District in Kyle and Stroman Middle School in Victoria (educational category).

On July 16, 2007, the TWDB authorized the Executive Administrator to establish and implement the Texas Rain Catcher Award competition and recognition program. The program was established as an additional means of promoting rainwater harvesting in the state, educating the public on the benefits and advantages of rainwater harvesting, and recognizing individuals and entities dedicated to the cause of managing this precious natural resource.

Since the start of the program, the TWDB has recognized 18 individuals or entities. The winners have demonstrated exceptional efforts at conserving water through rainwater harvesting and educating the public about this important conservation measure.

For more information about the winners, as well as more information on rainwater harvesting, please visit the Innovative Water Technologies.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.