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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
Highlights of the
2019 Leadership Development Workshop
TSSRM Youth Range Workshop
June 21-26, 2020
TTU Center at Junction, TX
Highlights of the 2020 Leadership Development Workshop
February 25-26, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn 1749 Scott Blvd Temple, TX 76501
Registration for the 2020 workshop was at capacity
several weeks before the event
From NACD’S March 6, 2020 Conservation Clips --
Published in Morning Ag Clips
TEMPLE, Texas — Over 110 participants from across Texas attended the Annual Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Leadership Development Workshop recently held in Temple. The workshop, hosted by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), is primarily structured for new SWCD directors and employees as well as new USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationists.
The workshop focused on the history and responsibilities of the Soil and Water Conservation District Program in Texas along with the powers and duties of the SWCD directors.
In addition, the workshop focused on the partnership of state, federal and local entities of government working together to deliver financial and technical assistance to the 216 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Texas.
Jeremy Peters, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) addressed the group. Peters, who grew up on his family’s farm in rural southwestern Virginia joined the staff of NACD in 2006. He became the association’s Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. Peters manages the association and leads advocacy efforts on behalf of the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts.
Participants also learned about state and federal soil and water conservation programs administered by the TSSWCB and the USDA-NRCS to help landowners with a voluntary program to implement soil and water conservation practices on their land.
As leadership and conservation practices continue to change it is essential the stewards of the natural resources in Texas stay abreast of the latest trends. TSSWCB recognizes the importance of education and outreach efforts and strives to provide learning opportunities . . .
November 24, 2020
Today the leadership of the Texas State Conservation Board and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 District Director Training scheduled for March 2-3, 2021 in Temple.