Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Boards's Role in TGPC
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) is charged with administering and coordinating the state's soil and water conservation program with the state's soil and water conservation districts.
Nonpoint source pollution originates from different sources that cannot be traced to any single point, such as a pipe. The TSSWCB is the lead agency for abatement of agricultural and silvicultural (forestry) nonpoint source pollution. The Board educates and encourages farmers in the importance of proper use of agricultural chemicals and can establish water quality management plan programs.
The Cost Share Program provides funding to pay for 75% of the implementation costs for a Water Quality Management Plan developed and approved by the Board. This plan represents a commitment by the landowner to use the best management practices available to protect their land and water resources from erosion, pesticide contamination and over use.
The Water Supply Enhancement Program (formerly the Texas Brush Control Program) protects groundwater resources by controlling invasive brush species which use a lot of water. Controlling the brush and restoring native grasses leaves more water available to recharge the aquifer below. This program has helped restore seeps and springs that had been dormant for decades due to the invasion of non-native brush species.
More information regarding the various groundwater protection programs within this agency can be found in the current version of the TGPC's Joint Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report.