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Texas Water Development Board approves $1,807,875 for watershed flood protection planning studies

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AUSTIN – (July 22, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $1,807,875 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for watershed flood protection projects.

  • $315,000 to the City of Bartlett (Bell and Williamson counties) to conduct a flood planning study to identify mitigation strategies

  • $112,500 to the City of Cameron (Milam County) to conduct a watershed study, and design and construct a new pump station along the Little River that, once complete, will provide a drinking water source 

  • $738,000 to Falls County to conduct a flood planning study and perform evaluations of the Old City Lake and the New City Lake dams

  • $642,375 to Milam County for flood control planning study to identify mitigation strategies 

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 1, flood protection planning for watersheds, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed to support studies that conduct planning of entire watersheds to better inform the development of structural and nonstructural strategies.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects. 

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