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Texas Water Development Board approves watershed flood protection planning studies

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $6,167,500 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for watershed flood protection planning studies at its meeting May 20 in Austin.

The funding includes:

$3,000,000 to the North Central Texas Council of Governments to conduct an integrated transportation and stormwater management study

$405,000 to the City of Eastland (Eastland County) to conduct a watershed study of the Leon River

$225,000 to the City of Gatesville (Coryell County) to conduct drainage studies and develop a drainage master plan

$400,000 to the City of Raymondville (Willacy County) to conduct a watershed study

$3,000,000 to the North Central Texas Council of Governments to conduct an integrated transportation and stormwater management study

$2,137,500 to Nueces County to conduct a regional drainage master plan study The approved projects are 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.

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