The Texas Botanical Gardens and Native American Interpretive Center will be able to complete its rainwater harvesting project with the help of a $24,700 community development grant.

LCRA and the City of Goldthwaite provided the grant to help build a rainwater harvesting system that will collect and store rainwater in a 40,000 gallon cistern. The water will be used to irrigate the center’s garden and the system will serve as a model for green construction with educational demonstrations for school children and adults that promote drought awareness, water conservation and landscaping with native plants.

“The Texas Botanical Gardens address an urgent need for accessible outdoor educational and cultural enrichment activities in underserved rural Central Texas,” said Janice Fischer, executive director of the gardens and center. “We offer programs that are educational and fun with a focus on the importance of sustainable and renewable resources as well as the need for responsible water and land stewardship to manage and restore our grasslands, wildlife habitats and ecosystems.”

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Goldthwaite is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

More Contributors Announced

The Texas Botanical Gardens and Native American Interpretive Center has recently received the following contributions: