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Post Oak RC&D kicks off year with meeting

Post Oak RC&D kicks off year with meeting

Story by Beverly Moseley

The Post Oak Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) council began the year with a well-attended meeting in Hearne on January 12, 2011. Along with board members, attendees also included elected officials, community members and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees.

�I think the kick-off meeting for this year proved to be a great opportunity to strengthen relationships with our partners and ties with local communities,� said Darren Clark, Post Oak RC&D coordinator.

Along with old and new business, Clark also discussed available funding opportunities through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality�s (TCEQ) supplemental environmental program. At least five counties within the area have funds available for projects such as onsite wastewater assistance, unauthorized trash dump clean-up and household hazardous waste collection.

One community based organization, Computer Community Ministry of Grimes County, gave a presentation during the meeting. The organization was established in 2005 with the mission of enriching the lives of senior citizens through free computer literacy educational opportunities.

�This class is designed to help seniors at a slow pace,� said Helen Thomas, program director.

Thomas also provided the Post Oak RC&D executive board with a five year expansion proposal for funding consideration.

�We�ve got some great prospective projects on the table this year and I�m looking forward to working with these groups,� said Clark. �We are always looking for more opportunities to improve the quality of life for the residents in our ten-county area.�
For more information on the Post Oak RC&D, visit the Texas NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/rcd/postoak.html.

Darren Clark, Post Oak RC&D coordinator, visits with attendees about available funding opportunities. Helen Thomas, program director of the Computer Community Ministry of Grimes County, speaks to attendees about the computer literacy program they offer to seniors.

Darren Clark, Post Oak RC&D coordinator, visits with attendees about available funding opportunities.

Helen Thomas, program director of the Computer Community Ministry of Grimes County, speaks to attendees about the computer literacy program they offer to seniors.

Elected officials, community members and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees attend the recent Post Oak RC& D meeting held in Hearne. Elected officials, community members and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees attend the recent Post Oak RC& D meeting held in Hearne.

Elected officials, community members and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees attend the recent Post Oak RC& D meeting held in Hearne.