The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) was pleased to award the City of Longview (City) a Community Assistance Program Grant on March 20th as part of SRA’s Fiscal Year 2018 Economic Development Initiative. The $10,000 check will be used to assist the City to construct a pond on the City’s Arboretum site to help prevent run-off and improve drainage. David Montagne, SRA’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager, in a letter to the City, wrote “The City’s project to construct a pond on the Arboretum site to help prevent run-off and improve drainage is an initiative that SRA supports in its efforts to improve water and wastewater systems throughout the basin” and “SRA looks forward to working with the City in the future as we continue to focus on increasing the economic vitality of the Sabine River Basin.”

Funds provided for the Community Assistance Grant Program must fall within four project categories, which include 1) Water Supply; 2) Wastewater Management; 3) Water Conservation; and 4) Water Quality and are limited to $10,000 per project.  Funds for the grant to the City of Longview were approved by SRA’s Board of Directors on March 1, 2018.

In order to be eligible for the Community Assistance Program, applicants should be a governmental entity, district, or a non-profit, member-owned water supply corporation or sewer service corporation and located within the Sabine River Basin of Texas. Water resource projects should be consistent with the statutory mission of SRA. Created as a conservation and reclamation district in 1949, responsibilities of the SRA are to control, store, preserve and distribute the waters of the Sabine River and its tributary system for useful purposes.

The Sabine River Basin covers a large portion of East Texas with a population of over 551,000 in all or part of 21 counties according to U.S. 2010 Census figures. A large portion of that area is rural in nature.

For more information about SRA’s Community Assistance Program, contact Mary Vann at (409) 746-2192 or email:  cap@sratx.org.