HPWD Approves $325,000 for Water-Related Research and Education
In a regular meeting by the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 8th, over $350,000 was approved in funding for water-related research and education projects.
HPWD stated in a news release that they have provided financial support for water conservation research and education efforts since 2014.
Funding recipients are required to provide annual progress reports to the Water District and must give an in-person update about their project at the monthly HPWD Board of Directors meeting.
14 projects were submitted for the 2021-2022 funding, and each was evaluated by the committee. The committee includes 3 HPWD Board members, 2 County Advisory Committee members, 2 members of the public, and the General Manager. Of the 14 submitted, 10 were approved:
- Booker T. Washington Garden Water Catchment Improvement Project.
- Development of Stress-Tolerant Specialty Corn Genetics and Production System as a High Value Crop Option for Limited Water Capacities – Year 2.
- Field Evaluation of Sensor & Communication Platforms.
- Industrial Hemp Fiber Yield of Dryland vs. Limited Irrigation.
- Ogallala Commons Playa Field Days and Festivals.
- Plant Based Polymers as Effective Treatment Agents in Removal of Microplastic, Dissolved Solids, and Ions from Underground Water.
- Preston Smith Elementary Star Garden (with rainwater harvesting).
- Remote Sensing Analysis of Change in Irrigated Areas.
- Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program.
- Water Works Education Exhibit at FiberMax Center for Discovery
Annual reports and additional information concerning HPWD's Funding Program is available here.