NADB announces U.S. projects to receive grants from water conservation investment fund

To assist U.S. communities along the U.S.-Mexico border in their efforts to conserve water, NADB announced a selection of U.S. projects to receive grants.

May 19th, 2003

San Antonio, Texas, May 19, 2003 -- To assist U.S. communities along the U.S.-Mexico border in their efforts to conserve water, the North American Development Bank (NADB) announced a selection of U.S. projects to receive grant resources from the NADB Water Conservation Investment Fund (WCIF).

In accord with the WCIF "Guidelines for Projects in the United States," the Board of Directors of the NADB has agreed to a selection of projects listed below to receive WCIF grant funding up to the amounts indicated. Funding is contingent upon certification by the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the NADB Board's approval of specific financing proposals. Projects are listed alphabetically.

The projects were selected on the basis of the five criteria identified in the Guidelines, issued on February 10, 2003, namely, cost per unit of water saved, critical need, long-term sustainability, project readiness and share of non-WCIF funds.

If a material change occurs with respect to a project's qualification under the Guidelines before it is certified by the BECC, the Board reserves the right to reconsider its priority and select another project or projects instead.

Projects:

1. Bard Water District, California, Reservation Main Canal Improvements Project ($4,000,000)
2. Bayview Irrigation District #11, Texas ($637,548)
3. Brownsville Irrigation District, Texas, Main Canal Replacement ($1,178,000)
4. Cameron County Irrigation District #2, Texas, Improvements to Irrigation Water Distribution System ($1,800,000)
5. Cameron County Irrigation District #2, Texas, Replacement of River Pumping Plant ($4,000,000)
6. Delta Lake Irrigation District, Texas, Water Conservation Improvements ($3,560,000)
7. Donna Irrigation District, Texas, Water Conservation Improvements ($3,000,000) 8. Elephant Butte Irrigation District, New Mexico ($4,000,000)
9. Gila Gravity Administrative Board, Arizona, Main Canal Water Conservation Improvement Project ($827,500)
10. Harlingen Irrigation District Cameron County #1, Texas, Canal Lining, Pipeline Installation, Flow Measurement, Telemetry, and Water Delivery Project ($1,780,000)
11. Hidalgo County Irrigation District #1, Texas, Canal Lining and Pipeline Installation Project ($2,887,500)
12. Hidalgo County Irrigation District #2, Texas, Proposed Irrigation Improvements Wisconsin Canal ($600,000)
13. Hidalgo County Irrigation District #2, Texas, Proposed Lateral "A" Canal Improvements, Project #1 ($586,383)
14. Hidalgo County Irrigation District #6, Texas, Water Conservation Improvements ($1,500,000)
15. Hidalgo and Cameron Counties Irrigation District #9, Texas, Flume Stabilization, Concrete Box Siphon Repair, and Canal Lining ($1,250,000)
16. Hidalgo County Irrigation District #16, Texas ($1,376,697)
17. Imperial Irrigation District, California ($2,500,000)
18. Maverick County Water Control and Improvement District #1, Texas, Water Conservation Improvements ($406,941)
19. Valley Municipal Utility District #2, Texas, Improvements to Supply Canal ($1,097,729)
20. Yuma County Water Users' Association, Arizona, Yuma Valley Canal System Improvement Project ($3,011,702)

For more information on the NADB, visit www.nadb.org.

The North American Development Bank, created under the auspices of NAFTA, is a financial institution established and capitalized in equal parts by the United States and Mexico for the purpose of financing environmental infrastructure projects along their common border. As a pioneer institution in its field, the Bank is working to develop integrated, sustainable and fiscally responsible projects with broad community support in a framework of close cooperation and coordination between Mexico and the United States.

Text of previous editions of NADB News may be viewed at http://www.nadb.org.

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