NRCS announces water conservation project assistance

Apr 19, 2010
by WLJ

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the availability of $61.2 million in financial assistance funding for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects. This funding will help producers conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality on agricultural land.

AWEP projects are implemented by NRCS entering into partnership agreements with eligible entities. NRCS works with these partners to help landowners plan and implement conservation practices in areas established through the agreements.

Of the $61.2 million, approximately $40.4 million will be made available to AWEP partners whose projects were approved during last fiscal year and approximately $20.7 million will be available for new project proposals.

The following partnership entities are eligible to submit proposals for funding: federally recognized Indian tribes, states, units of local government, agricultural associations, and other groups of producers that have experience working with agricultural producers. When an AWEP project area has been approved and announced, individual producers may apply for the program through a local NRCS office.

Deadline for partner organizations to submit a proposal is May 17, 2010. The 2008 Farm Bill established AWEP. To view the full request for proposal or find additional AWEP information, visit: programs/AWEP/. — WLJ