On March 21, Soil and Water Conservation District officials from across Texas gathered at the State Capitol to show their support for legislation impacting conservation programs and conservation districts in Texas.

Agua Poquita Soil and Water Conservation District board members Robert Elizondo, Rudy Rodriguez and Jose Leandro Martinez participated in the event. While in Austin, board directors met with Senator Judith Zaffirini, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Representative Richard Raymond and Representative Ryan Guillen.

Specifically, district officials asked members of the Texas legislature to support bills that restores funding for the Water Enhancement Program, and Water Quality Plan Grant, and funding for the Watershed program to address the backlog of maintenance and repairs. District directors serve as a resource to policy makers year-round on agriculture, water, natural resources and property rights, just to name a few. 

“I was glad to see such a diverse group of dedicated directors make the trip to Austin to support these critical funding issues. The legislative session is far from over, but I believe we were able to make a positive impact as members get ready to make critical votes on these issues” Volney Hough, ATSWCD President said.

“This was the best conservation day yet. It was great to have the opportunity to have meaningful conversations about policy with the members and staff of the legislature," said Austin McCasland, Board member for Texas Conservation Association for Water and Soil (TCAWS).