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Texas Water Development Board approves $263,925 to Jackson County County-Wide Drainage District for a watershed flood protection planning study

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AUSTIN – (July 7, 2022) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $263,925 in grant funding to Jackson County County-Wide Drainage District from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for a watershed flood protection planning study.

The TWDB previously committed funding in 2020 for a flood planning study for the Dry Creek watershed and a portion of the Lavaca River in Jackson County and, with the funding approved today, the District will expand the project study area to include adjacent watersheds with interrelated flooding issues.

The approved project is 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.