Grants and funding available
AUSTRALIA – The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board (EPLB) will initiate a second round of grants for infrastructure drainage projects in the area of the Cummins Wanilla Basin. The grant is available for landowners who are working to upgrade or maintain existing drainage. Eligible work must be completed by next June. Grants are valued at $2,000 to $30,000.
Residents push for funding
TEXAS – At a recent meeting of Rockport City Council, a number of residents addressed the proposed Future Land Use Map (FLUM) and local drainage issues. This is the second time in as many months drainage has been a topic of interest at Rockport’s council meetings. Rockport has been subject to major flooding, not from the result of hurricanes, this past year, and some residents are requesting that the city divert more funding to drainage.
ONTARIO – In Simcoe County, the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) has received $50,000 from the Ontario government through its Great Lakes Local Action Fund. The funding, announced earlier this month, was created to protect the Great Lakes. The SSEA has not yet announced how it will allocate the funds and if subsurface drainage will play a part in its plans; however, local farmers as well as members of the SSEA expressed satisfaction with the grant for its ability to both enhance watershed protection and keep soil healthy.