The On The Ground Conservation Program was created by Senate Bill 1118 during the 87th Texas Legislative Session and was signed into law by the Governor to be effective September 1, 2021. The new law enhances the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board’s (TSSWCB) jurisdiction to include a wide range of natural resource priorities, authorizes the agency to provide voluntary technical and financial assistance toward the implementation of conservation practices to address those priorities, and directs the agency to form partnerships and seek out funding opportunities from other federal, state, or local governmental agencies and private entities. The primary focus of this new program is implementation, especially in partnership with other efforts that offer educational, research, or other activities. This new program does not currently receive a direct appropriation from the Texas Legislature, however, the TSSWCB is actively pursuing all potential sources of funding to address its eligible natural resource priorities.
John Foster, TSSWCB Policy Advisor
jfoster [at] tsswcb [dot] texas [dot] gov
(254) 773-2250, ext. 235