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GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO FUND REPAIR AND REHABILITATION OF
FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURES ACROSS TEXAS
TEMPLE – Projects to repair and rehabilitate flood control structures across Texas will now be funded thanks to a $150 million appropriations bill legislators passed this session. The Governor signed the bill into law on June 6, 2019. These structures serve as a critical protection for our state’s infrastructure, private property, and lives. The State appropriated the funds to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) to administer through grants to the local sponsors of Flood Control Dams, including Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). “The primary purpose of these Flood Control Dams is to protect lives and property by reducing the velocity of floodwaters, thereby reducing flows to a safer rate,” said Barry Mahler, TSSWCB Chairman. The Texas Legislature also addressed statewide flooding issues with the passage of Senate Bill 8, authored by Senator Charles Perry, which creates the first State Flood Plan for Texas. Partnering with the Texas Water Development Board, TSSWCB will incorporate earthen dams as part of the bigger picture for flood mitigation strategies, establishing a ten-year plan to have all high-hazard dams meeting high-hazard safety standards.
. . . Tamara Daniel, ATSWCD Executive Director
Monday Minutes, 6/17/2019
Conservation District Day
at the Texas State Capitol
March 21, 2019
ATSWCD Directors JC Mathiews (left) and Volney Hough (far right), presented Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock Drew Springer (center), with an award recognizing and thanking him for his support of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Texas.
March 25, 2019 -- Last week more than 75 Conservation District Directors from across Texas gathered in Austin to discuss key legislative issues with the Texas Legislature. Chairman Drew Springer addressed the group at breakfast before the group headed to the Capitol. Specifically, district officials asked members of the Texas legislature to support bills that restore funding for the Water Enhancement Program, and Water Quality Plan Grant, and funding for the Watershed program to address the backlog of maintenance and repairs. District Directors serve as a resource to policy makers year-round on agriculture, water, natural resources and property rights, just to name a few.
Thank you to all directors who took time from their busy schedules to make the trip to Austin.
. . . Tamara Daniel,
ATSWCD Executive Director
Monday Minutes, 3/25/19
2019 Leadership Development Workshop Highlights
February 20-21, 2019 Temple, TX
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TSSRM Youth Range Workshop
June 23-28, 2019 TTU/Junction, TX
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