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Conservation Conversation - March 19, 2021 Newsletter, March 18, 2021

APRIL 1 CAPROCK CROP PRODUCTION CONFERENCE — The Caprock Crop Production Conference for Crosby and Floyd counties is set for April 1 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 Farm-to-Market Road 786 in Muncy. The in-person event offers six continuing education credits. CLICK HERE for registration information.

MARCH 22 IS WORLD WATER DAY — World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. This year’s theme is “Valuing Water.” CLICK HERE for additional information about this annual United Nations observance.

MARCH 25 GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT AREA # 2 MEETING — Members of Groundwater Management Area # 2 (“GMA2”) will have a March 25 virtual meeting. CLICK HERE for the meeting agenda and how to offer public comment, if desired.

TEXAS WATER FOUNDATION SEEKING FILM FESTIVAL ENTRIES — Texas Water Foundation invites filmmakers to communicate their stories about water. According to a news release, the festival aims “to inspire the creation of diverse, informative, unique, funny and thought-provoking films that communicate the many relationships we have with water in Texas.” Finalist films will be judged by award-winning film director, producer, screenwriter and Austinite, Richard Linklater! CLICK HERE for the entry form!

TWDB SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT — The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is seeking public comment on the technical guidelines for regional flood planning. The period for public comment will end on April 1, 2021. The 15 regional flood planning groups are responsible for developing Texas’ first regional flood plans by January 2023, which will culminate in the state’s first-ever state flood plan. The TWDB is seeking feedback on the technical guidelines from all interested stakeholders to help fine tune the details and assumptions that will guide the rest of this planning cycle. The technical guidelines are available on our 1st Planning Cycle Documents (2020–2023) webpage.

USDA INCREASES FUNDING LIMITS FOR REVOLVING FUND PROGRAM LOANS — On March 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is increasing funding limits for loans financed under the Revolving Fund Program to support water and wastewater infrastructure projects in rural America. This improvement is in accordance with provisions in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). CLICK HERE for additional information.

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