The Texas Water Development Board is accepting applications for 2018 Agricultural Water Conservation Grants. These grants are awarded to state agencies, public universities and political subdivisions of the state for projects that implement water conservation and increase irrigation water use efficiency.
In the past, TWDB has funded cost share of metering equipment, irrigation scheduling tools, irrigation system audits, volumetric measuring and conservation pricing, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and automated gates.
The Agricultural Water Conservation Grants Program offers grants to state agencies and political subdivisions for technical assistance, demonstration, technology transfer, education, and metering projects that conserve water. Grant topics vary from year to year to address current issues and topics in agricultural water conservation. The goal of these projects is to implement designated agricultural irrigation conservation strategies in the state water plan and to demonstrate best management practices that may save water or improve water use efficiency. – TWDB Website
The TWDB has up to $600,000 in grant funding available. Eligible grant categories this year include:
- Equipment cost share and technology transfer
- Demonstrations of innovative and alternative production systems
- Planning and design for irrigation system improvements
- Feasibility study of irrigating with produced water
Eligibility may be defined through the application and may differ from general eligibility. General eligibility includes:
- State agencies
- Political subdivisions
- groundwater conservation districts
- irrigation districts
- water improvement districts
- state university systems
The deadline to apply is February 14, 2018, at 12 p.m.