The Wise County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (WCID) supports flood control and the conservation of natural resources.
It’s a taxing entity, and its funds are used for projects such as floodwater retarding dams in the county, securing easements needed to build the dams, and other watershed projects.
Board members are elected to four-year terms. Current members include Lou Bridges, president; James McGilvray, secretary; Gary Potts, treasurer; Mike Overton, director; and Dickie Clement, director. Carrie Davidson is recording secretary.
The board meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, 1604 W. U.S. Business 380, in Decatur.
Bridges said one of their current projects is in partnership with the Tarrant Regional Water District, and it involves the riparian area along the west fork of the Trinity River.
Both districts were started in 1926 and are the two oldest in the state.
WCID is a member of Chisholm Trail Resource Conservation and Development Inc., North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Association of Watershed Sponsors, National Watershed Coalition, National Association of Conservation Districts and the West Fork Watershed Study Committee.
For information, call Bridges at (940) 433-5136 or (940) 393-1514.