Edwards Aquifer State Resource Concern (EASRC)
In collaboration with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the EAA offers financial assistance in addition to NRCS funding for selected beneficial practices in the EA SRC. Selected practices eligible for funding are listed on page 3 of the EASRC Brochure as Primary Focus zones for landowners approved through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Although the EAA and NRCS are program partners, the applicant must make a separate EAA funding request to be eligible for EAA funds. The EAA funding reimbursement for each project will be a single payment. The amount will depend upon the number of applicants in each calendar year but could represent up to a maximum of 20% of the constructed cost. The specific payment to the applicant will be determined late in each calendar year when the number of applicants is known.
To be eligible for EAA funding, the applicant must be approved by the NRCS for EQIP funding, demonstrate the practice is complete, provide the EAA access to the applicant’s site conservation plan, and enter into a reimbursement contract with the EAA. The EA SRC is anticipated to be a five-year program that terminates in 2020. The EAA will update which practices will be funded for the following year when the annual budget is passed in December.