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Board of Directors:                                                                                                                               June 2000

Burl Thomas, Chairman

Ford Flurry, Vice-Chairman

J.C. Ladd, Secretary   

Jimmy Rollins, Member

Don Maxwell, Member


What Texas Senate Bill 503 Means To Liberty County Producers


In an effort to reduce nonpoint source pollution from Texas’ agricultural and sivicultural lands, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 503.  Which calls for the development and certification of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMP). 


A WQMP includes appropriate land treatment measures and best management practices that will achieve a level of pollution prevention consistent with state water quality standards.  The Texas Legislature gave responsibility for this program to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and to local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.


Water Quality Management Plan


In Liberty County, WQMP’s are developed voluntarily by landowners wishing to prevent possible nonpoint source pollution problems created on their agricultural and silvicultural lands.


A landowner requests a WQMP from the local Soil and Water Conservation District.  At the request of the District, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) then provides technical assistance to develop the plan with the landuser.


The WQMP is a compilation of conservation practices that meet the producer’s goals, and at the same time meet the goal of reducing nonpoint source pollution.  These conservation practices are set up on an implementation schedule.  A WQMP must cover all lands that make up an operating unit.


After the plan is developed, it is certified by landowner, NRCS representative, and the local Conservation District Board of Directors.  It is then submitted for approval and certification to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.


As funding is available, “cost-share” may be requested for certain practices.  Cost-share means that the landuser and the District(State) share the cost of a certain conservation practice.  Each pay a certain percentage of the cost.


Fencing, pasture planting, irrigation land leveling, and grade stabilization structures are eligible practices in Liberty County.  The cost-share rate is up to 75% of the actual costs incurred, (not to exceed an amount determined by the district).  The maximum per individual is $2500.00. 


The landowner signs an agreement to maintain the practice for a specified length of time.  The practice may not begin until an application is filed and approved by the District.


After cost-share is applied for and approved, the practice must be installed according to NRCS standards and specifications.  Upon completion of the practice, the landowner must supply necessary receipts, seed tags, soil tests, etc. to the District.  After the necessary paperwork is processed, cost-share funds are released to the producer by the State Comptroller by direct deposit.


For more information call the Lower Trinity Soil and Water Conservation District at (936) 336-9145 EXT. 3




Programs and services of the Lower Trinity Soil and Water Conservation District and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regards for race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, marital status or disability.


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