High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) is now accepting requests for proposals for water conservation research, demonstration, and education project funding.
“HPWD funds a number of research and demonstration projects each year. We invite those with innovative ideas to submit requests for proposals that focus on water conservation demonstration, education, or research,” said General Manager Jason Coleman.
Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2018. Email delivery is preferred and should be sent to [email protected]
Since 2014, HPWD has provided supplemental funding for 22 research and/or demonstration projects. Some of these include completion of test wells into the Dockum and Edwards-Trinity (High Plains) aquifers; installation of a water conservation education garden at Bushland Elementary; rainwater harvesting research; investigation of residential Turfgrass irrigation habits; as well as other water saving measures.
The research and demonstration funding committee was appointed by Board President Lynn Tate of Amarillo at the March 20 HPWD Board of Directors meeting.
Committee members include:
- Mike Beauchamp, Chairman (HPWD Precinct Three Director).
- Ronnie Hopper (HPWD Precinct Five Director).
- Jason Coleman (HPWD General Manager).
- Michael Carlson (HPWD County Advisory Committee member).
- Linda Taylor (HPWD County Advisory Committee member).
- Todd Pope, Wellington State Bank (At-Large Member).
- Aubrey Spear, P.E, Director of Utilities, City of Lubbock (At-Large Member).
In accordance with current policy, the committee will evaluate each project for possible funding. A final recommendation will be presented to the HPWD Board of Directors at their June meeting.
Proposal requirements and links to past projects are available at www.hpwd.org/research. Additional information is available by calling the district office at (806) 762-0181.
Created in 1951 by local residents and the State Legislature, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 is charged with the responsibility of conserving, preserving, protecting, and preventing waste of groundwater in aquifers within its 16-county service area. HPWD is the first groundwater conservation district created in Texas.