Shown from left are SRA Board Members Stan Mathews, Sharon Newcomer, and Earl Williams; Mauriceville MUD Board Members Nelda Burton and Jon Sherwin and David Montagne, SRA General Manager. 

The Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) was pleased to award Mauriceville Municipal Utility District (Mauriceville MUD) a Community Assistance Grant in November as part of its FY-2016 Economic Development Initiative.  The $10,000 check will be used to leverage local funds to maintain its wastewater treatment system.  David Montagne, SRA’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager, in a letter to Mauriceville MUD, wrote “Mauriceville MUD’s project to remove trees from the treatment cells of its wastewater treatment plant 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 Mauriceville MUD 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 for Mauriceville MUD were approved by SRA’s Board of Directors in October.

In order to be eligible for the Community Assistance Program, applicants should be a governmental entity, district, or a non-profit, member-owned Municipal Utility District 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 Sabine River Authority of Texas 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.