Conservation Matters January 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

TWDB accepting agricultural conservation grant applications

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) annually requests grant applications to fund agricultural water conservation projects. TWDB is currently soliciting applications for projects from eligible political subdivisions and state agencies.

"Agricultural irrigation is the largest water-use sector in Texas, and conserving this resource is vital," said Doug Shaw, TWDB's agriculture and rural Texas ombudsman. "Many regions in Texas depend on a strong agricultural economy, and TWDB offers these grants to support this important industry."

Available funding includes $1.5 million for cost share of metering equipment in groundwater conservation districts that have rules requiring metering of groundwater withdrawals and $600,000 for water-use measurement and irrigation system improvement projects.

Applications are due by noon on March 12 with anticipated award date in mid-May. TWDB will be hosting a webinar about the application process and grant contract management in February, with further details to be posted at twdb.state.tx.us.

For more information, contact TWDB’s Agricultural Water Conservation Team at 512.936.6090 or agconservation@twdb.texas.gov. Visit the TWDB Agricultural Conservation page to learn more about the programs and to see examples of projects previously funded through the TWDB Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program.

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