Texas Water Development Board approves more than $525,000 in agricultural water conservation grants

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

AUSTIN - (June 1, 2016) - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved $525,689 in grants through the TWDB's Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program. The program offers grant funding to state agencies and political subdivisions for activities that promote water conservation in our state.

The grant recipients are Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin, which filed a joint application; North Plains Groundwater Conservation District; Hidalgo County Water Control & Improvement District No. 19; Texas A&M AgriLife Research; Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; and the Sutton County Underground Water Conservation District.

The grant recipients qualified in one of three categories:

  • Technical Assistance, Outreach, Education, and Demonstrations
  • Agricultural Water Use Monitoring Equipment
  • Feasibility Study for Development of a Statewide Evapotranspiration Network

A Request for Applications was posted for the grants in the Texas Register on December 25, 2015. Applicants had until February 17, 2016 to submit their application.

Visit the TWDB Agricultural Conservation webpage to learn more about this program and others and to see examples of projects previously funded through the TWDB Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program.

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.

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