POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:14pm
Austin — The state is overhauling its brush control program which, since the mid-1990s, has helped fund the removal of juniper, mesquite and other thirsty shrubbery on nearly 800,000 acres across Texas.
Legislation passed in 2011 renamed the initiative the Water Supply Enhancement Program and added requirements to boost the likelihood that brush removal projects will directly benefit water supplies.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is finalizing work on its revised rules, slated for formal consideration March 6 in Austin, that narrow the program's emphasis to removing brush from around lakes, streams and springs.
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