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#6060849 - 12/01/15 02:44 PM State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank
HaysCo Riverrat Offline
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I have a 20 acre piece of land in Coleman County I bought about three years back. There's lots of wildlife that pass through the property, but I think the place would do much better with a constant source of water on it. Is anyone aware of or have info on fed/state/county programs that provide grants, assistance, subsides, loans, etc... to help with digging a tank? And if so, what are y'alls experiences with these programs?

Thanks

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#6060891 - 12/01/15 03:03 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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I don't think anybody will anymore but look at the TP&W website under land or maybe private water. They may still have a program. If you do dig one, be sure the guy has done it before. Even go look at some he's done if possible.A lot of guys that claim to be pond builders ain't!
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#6061112 - 12/01/15 04:44 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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Try contacting your country extension agent, he/she is probably your best bet.
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#6061183 - 12/01/15 05:24 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
blindcowboy Offline
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I would like to hear what you learn. I have 100 acres in Val Verde and I would like to dig a well and a tank. I don't know if I would use a government program I am skeptical of them but knowing what's out there wouldn't hurt.

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#6061294 - 12/01/15 06:13 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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Find out who your local TCEQ Office of Water contact is.. They should be able to help or point you in the right direction..
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#6061395 - 12/01/15 06:45 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Try contacting your country extension agent, he/she is probably your best bet.


This^^ or the USDA, but your county agent will give you the "skinny" on it. It used to be a great program, we did one in the 90's, they matched half. BUT, I have been told they hardly, if at all, do it anymore because of funding.


Edited by Western (12/01/15 06:45 PM)
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#6061524 - 12/01/15 07:39 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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I've got a friend with a lease in Coleman and it fluctuates real bad. Goes from 11 acres to a puddle several times a year.

Not sure if there is anyway to combat that where you by tying into some other water source, but you might be considerate of the streaky rainfall out there.
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#6062851 - 12/02/15 01:23 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
HaysCo Riverrat Offline
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I got in touch with the county agent and there is currently not a program out there to help. He is also concerned that the soil I have would not hold water well. However, he did mention making or buying a guzzler to catch and dispense water to the wildlife. Looked at a few blueprints online and they seem fairly simple to build. Think I'll give that a shot.

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#6063834 - 12/02/15 09:33 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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Must be a county thing. My neighbor has talked to someone (I don't have a clue who but it is a govt agency) and he said they came out, looked at the property, took GPS coords, then did a study on how much watershed his property received. I believe he said the next step was to dig down to see if what below was good for water retention.

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#6064055 - 12/03/15 05:32 AM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: grout-scout]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Must be a county thing. My neighbor has talked to someone (I don't have a clue who but it is a govt agency) and he said they came out, looked at the property, took GPS coords, then did a study on how much watershed his property received. I believe he said the next step was to dig down to see if what below was good for water retention.


I think they will still help with the "engineering and planning", but wont do the cost share anymore. When ours was done, they did the same thing, then all we had to do was hire a competent pond builder/ dozer operator, that could build to their specs. When it was done, they came out and made sure it was built to the plan before the state issued a check for half.
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#6064056 - 12/03/15 05:40 AM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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Me too Western, but mine was quite a while back. Programs come and go.
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#6064268 - 12/03/15 08:38 AM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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Contact the guys at Pond Boss http://www.pondboss.com/ If there is a program or agency they will know. They can also recommend people to build it.

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#6064272 - 12/03/15 08:40 AM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
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When I dug mine, I talked to several people who had received assistance from their different government agencies. These where all over the country, so it might be different where you are located. They received grants if they did certain things with their projects. In every case, it cost them more to do what was required then what they received in funding. Some of them mentioned having to maintain the land, or keep it in a certain condition or have to repay the funding.

I quickly realized that the thing I like about having my land the best, is not having to do what somebody else tells me to do with it. I just took my time, took out all the trees and kept digging until it was done. Took me two years to get it dug, another year to fill and another year after that until it started to look nice.

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#6064536 - 12/03/15 11:05 AM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: HaysCo Riverrat]
redchevy Offline
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We looked into it briefly when we had our tank dung. We wanted a pond, they wanted us to dig a LAKE, we passed.
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#6065178 - 12/03/15 05:26 PM Re: State/County programs for assistance with digging a tank [Re: EddieWalker]
blazin Offline
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Originally Posted By: EddieWalker
When I dug mine, I talked to several people who had received assistance from their different government agencies. These where all over the country, so it might be different where you are located. They received grants if they did certain things with their projects. In every case, it cost them more to do what was required then what they received in funding. Some of them mentioned having to maintain the land, or keep it in a certain condition or have to repay the funding.

I quickly realized that the thing I like about having my land the best, is not having to do what somebody else tells me to do with it. I just took my time, took out all the trees and kept digging until it was done. Took me two years to get it dug, another year to fill and another year after that until it started to look nice.

To me this seems like the most sensible way to go!

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