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Richland Creek Site 31, October 2015

Above:  Damage caused to the auxillary spillway of Richland Creek Site 31 in Navarro County in October 2015.

Program Goals & Evaluation Criteria

Background

Nearly 2,000 floodwater retarding structures, or dams, have been built over the last 60 years within the State of Texas. The primary purpose of the structures is to protect lives and property by reducing the velocity of floodwaters, and thereby releasing flows at a safer rate. These are earthen dams that exist on private property, and were designed and constructed by the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). They were built with the understanding that the private property owner would provide the land, the federal government would provide the technical design expertise and the funding to construct them, and then units of local government would be responsible for maintaining them into the future. To download a .KMZ file of eligible dams for use with Google Earth, click here.

Local sponsors of the dams were required before a federal project was begun. Local sponsors signed a watershed agreement which outlined the duties and responsibilities of the federal and local sponsors. In general, local sponsors are required to obtain and enforce easements, conduct operation and maintenance (O&M) inspections, maintain the structures, and implement land treatment measures in the watershed. Soil and water conservation districts (SWCD) are one of the local sponsors in all watershed projects. Other local sponsors include counties, cities, and Water Control and Improvement Districts (WCIDs).

Due to the passage of time and difficulty in raising adequate funds locally, many sponsors approached the Texas Legislature with their concerns over amount of needed O&M and repairs. In recognition that these dams will continue to serve as a critical protection for our state's infrastructure, private property, and lives, the Legislature appropriated $15 million dollars to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) for grants to local SWCDs during the 2010-2011 biennium for O&M and structural repairs.

O&M Grant Program

The O&M Grant Program is a reimbursable grant program for local SWCDs and certain co-sponsors of flood control dams. This program reimburses SWCDs 90% of the cost of an eligible O&M activity as defined by the program rules; the remaining 10% must be paid with non-state funding. Rules for the O&M Grant Program were developed by the TSSWCB staff and a representative stakeholder group during the Summer of 2009. Rules for the Program are codified in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 529, Subchapter A. To view a PDF version of all TSSWCB Flood Control Program rules, click here.

Program Documents

Users of these documents should visit this webpage frequently to ensure the most recent versions are being used. Additionally, we welcome contact from you regarding improvements and problems that you encounter. Please contact Lee Munz at 254-773-2250, ext. 241 to report problems or make suggestions.

O&M Program Forms

Proposal Form

Certification of 75% Completion Form

O&M Program Reimbursement Request and In-Kind Match Reporting Forms

Fiscal Year 2015 Forms

O&M Program Reimbursement Request and In-Kind Match Reporting Tool

Other Program Documents

O&M Program List of Reimbursable Activities and Standard Rates for In-Kind Contributions of Match

List of all eligible flood control dams sorted by Name

List of all eligible flood control dams sorted by County

W-9 (PDF)

AP-152 (PDF)

For assistance with these forms and documents, please contact one of the individuals identified below.

Structural Repair Grant Program

The Structural Repair Grant Program provides state grant funds to provide 95% of the cost of allowable repair activities, including match funding for federal projects through the Dam Rehabilitation Program and the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program of the Texas NRCS. Rules for the Program are codified in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 529, Subchapter B. To view a PDF version of all TSSWCB Flood Control Program rules, click here. To receive the RFA, please subscribe to the Flood Control News List below.

Download the FY2016 Request for Applications (RFA). The RFA includes applicable program rules and instructions for the applications.

Application for Structural Repairs, Instructions

Application for Structural Repairs, Form Number TSSWCB-FC-1A

Application for Structural Repairs, Form Number TSSWCB-FC-1B

Application for Rehabilitation Matching Funds, Instructions

Application for Rehabilitation Matching Funds, Form Number TSSWCB-FC-2

Application for Emergency Watershed Protection Program Matching Funds, Instructions

Application for Emergency Watershed Protection Program Matching Funds, Form Number TSSWCB-FC-3

List of all eligible flood control dams sorted by Name

List of all eligible flood control dams sorted by County

Contact

To receive news updates on this program and notification of form updates, you may subscribe to the Flood Control Programs mailing list by sending an email to flood-control-subscribe [at] tsswcb.texas.gov.

For more information on the TSSWCB's Flood Control Grant programs, please contact:

John Foster, jfoster [at] tsswcb.texas.gov
TSSWCB Statewide Programs Officer
(254) 773-2250, ext. 235

Lee Munz, lmunz [at] tsswcb.texas.gov
SWCD Liasion (Statewide Resource Management Group)
(254) 773-2250, ext. 241

Steve Bednarz, sbednarz [at] tsswcb.texas.gov
Statewide Programs Engineer (Statewide Resource Management Group)
(254) 773-2250, ext. 246

Tony Resendez, tresendez [at] tsswcb.texas.gov
Flood Control Program Specialist (Statewide Resource Management Group / Field Operations)
(979) 676-6583 

Jared Bowen, jbowen [at] tsswcb.texas.gov
Flood Control Program Specialist (Statewide Resource Management Group / Field Operations)
(325) 248-1888

Also, SWCDs should contact their TSSWCB Field Representative for assistance with any TSSWCB administered program.

Resources

For information relating to competitive bidding requirements for this program, please review Local Government Code, Chapter 271, Subchapter B, Section 271.024.

For information relating payment and performance bonding requirements for this program, please review Local Government Code, Chapter 271, Subchapter C, Section 271.059.

For more information on flood control dams in Texas, please visit the USDA-NRCS Watershed Program webpage at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/Programs/watersheds/index.html.

For more information on dam safety in Texas, please visit the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality webpage at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/field/damsafetyprog.html.

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