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Grant to Help Some Landowners in Conservation Efforts

Photos courtesy LCRA; collage by Laura Rice, KUT News
Landowners can use matching funding for several types of projects under the Creekside Conservation Program.

Landowners in the lower Colorado River basin have the opportunity to get more money for conservation efforts. The Lower Colorado River Authority received a federal grant that will help landowners reduce soil erosion and increase native plant and animal diversity.

The EPA grant will increase the amount of matching funding for qualified landowners in 11 counties from $10,000 to $15,000.

The LCRA says this program can make a big difference.“The problem is that thousands of acres of soil wash into the waterways of the lower Colorado River every year. That can result in sediment which can harm water quality, it can make flooding worse, and it can even threaten aquatic life,” said LCRA Spokesperson Clara Tuma.

Landowners should talk to their local Natural Resource Conservation Service office to find out if they’re eligible for the program.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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