LCRA receives $412,100 grant to help landowners preserve Texas land

The Lower Colorado River Authority has received a $412,100 federal grant to help private agricultural landowners preserve and protect their land for future generations.

The grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, administered through the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, will enable LCRA’s Creekside Conservation Program to continue providing financial assistance to agricultural landowners who plan, implement and fund conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and protect water resources. The program supplies up to 50 percent of the cost of approved projects.

To be eligible for a Creekside Conservation Program grant, land must be in the Colorado River basin in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Colorado, Fayette, Lampasas, Llano, Matagorda, San Saba, Travis or Wharton counties.

“This program helps farmers and ranchers stabilize the soil and improve water quality throughout the basin,” said Bobby Humphrey, supervisor of LCRA Natural Resource Conservation. “This is a great example of what we can achieve when we join forces in the interest of land stewardship.”

The Creekside Conservation Program is a partnership among LCRA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local soil and water conservation districts. LCRA follows NRCS technical guidelines to determine eligible practices, which can include brush management, rangeland reseeding, cross fencing and developing alternative water sources for livestock.

Since the Creekside Conservation Program began more than 25 years ago, the program has helped more than 285 agricultural landowners develop and complete management plans on more than 168,000 acres of private land.

To apply for a Creekside Conservation Program grant, contact LCRA at
creeksideconservationprogram@lcra.org or 512–596–7220.

About LCRA

The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. The organization neither levies taxes nor receives tax money. For more information, visit
LCRA.org.


Source: LCRA Business News

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