Groundwater Conservation GrantsThe EAA supports conservation efforts through a grant program that helps users of Edwards groundwater implement projects and practices that help reduce their water use. Through this grant program, Edwards Aquifer permit holders may apply for and receive funding for qualified conservation projects that result in saved groundwater. These grants are offered as an incentive for implementing water conservation practices across the EAA’s jurisdictional area.
Since its inception in 2009, this EAA program has awarded more than $500,000 in grants for projects such as leak detection surveys, toilet replacement and plumbing fixture retrofits, meter replacements, education initiatives, and irrigation sprinkler systems and have resulted in an annual savings of 700 acre-feet of groundwater.
In 2017, the EAA will solicit applications from irrigation permit holders to cover costs associated with projects that improve irrigation practices. Several factors will be considered when ranking applications, one factor focusing on farms that utilize flood irrigation. As such, if you are currently utilizing flood irrigation as your water application method, please notify us and we will make sure to reach out to you when requests for proposals for water conservation grants are released in Spring 2017.