LCRA launched the second phase of the gate rehabilitation project in 2013, which completed automation of the remaining nine main check gate structures on the main line of the eastern canal system and automated five gates regulating the delivery of water to a firm industrial customer. Phase 2 was partially funded by a $100,000 grant from the Texas Water Development Board.
In 2014, LCRA launched the third phase of the gate rehabilitation project, which began automation of the western section of the Gulf Coast canal system. Automation along all main lines in the western canal were completed as Phase 4 of the gate rehabilitation project in 2017.
In 2019, LCRA will launch a fifth phase of gate rehabilitation to complete automation of main check gates essential to operating all main lines in the eastern canal system. This phase will complete the Gulf Coast gate rehabilitation and control project. Read more about the Gulf Coast Irrigation Division gate modernization project in the HB 1437 annual report.
Laser land leveling cost-share program
The precision land leveling cost-share program funded through HB 1437 began in 2006.
Leveling land reduces the average required field flood depth and increases the efficiency of water used on individual fields. More than 30,000 acres of farmland was leveled through the program from 2006 to 2013.
LCRA worked with The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs to complete a savings verification study of the program in 2012. Read more about the land leveling cost-share program in the HB 1437 annual report.
Garwood Irrigation Division measurement project
The Garwood volumetric measurement project was a conservation project to install or rehabilitate about 400 water measurement and check structures on existing canals and field laterals in the Garwood Irrigation Division. It also involved rehabilitating 85 miles of canal laterals to facilitate LCRA control of all measurement structures. LCRA completed the project in 2012. The majority of the project was funded through HB 1437 with help from a $99,000 Texas Water Development Board grant.