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Texas Water Development Board approves approximately $600,000 in grants for agricultural water conservation projects

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN  (May 29, 2014)  The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved approximately $600,000 in agricultural water conservation grants. The grants will assist in supporting the implementation of important irrigation conservation water management strategies in the state and regional water plans.

Those receiving grants today:

  • El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 (El Paso County) was awarded $200,000 for agricultural irrigation system improvements to the Riverside Canal.
  • North Plains Groundwater Conservation District (Dallam, Hansford, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Sherman, Hartley, Hutchinson, and Moore Counties) was awarded approximately $197,300 to demonstrate continued innovative irrigation management practices and strategies.
  • Santa Cruz Irrigation District No. 15 (Hidalgo County) was awarded $200,000 for agricultural irrigation system improvements, including canal-lining activities.

Since 1985, the TWDB has provided more than $19.5 million for 347 agricultural water conservation grant projects, including two long-term demonstration projects.

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.