Preserving Comal County’s wide-open spaces hasn’t been at the top of the county’s to-do list, but commissioners took steps in that direction last week.

Last Thursday, they selected Moriarty & Associates LLC to pursue funding for county land acquisitions for wildlife conservation and water source protection. It approved $4,500 for the firm to prepare county applications for grants through the Texas Water Development Board’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

“Behind the scenes, I’ve been working for years to find a way for Comal County to participate in (this effort),” Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Webb said. “We struggled with lining up a time where funding was available and a project was available. Right now we don’t have a project, but this is an open program.

Read more from Will Wright with the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung here.