SRWMD Ag Cost-Share Partners Save 315 million gallons of water annually
The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board approved 32 agricultural cost-share projects saving an estimated 315 million gallons annually or 863,000 gallons per day.
The District is investing $1.5 million dollars to partner with agricultural producers to implement water conservation projects such as irrigation retrofits and new water saving technologies. Participants are required to implement best management practices and voluntarily participate in the District’s water use monitoring program.
Agricultural produces from across Alachua, Columbia, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison and Suwannee counties were approved for their water saving projects. The total District cost is $512,575 with the growers contributing a total of $247,825 or 33% of the equipment costs.
Typical projects include installing subsurface drip irrigation systems, center pivot swing arms that eliminate end guns, soil moisture probes, weather stations and remote monitor controllers.
Governing Board Chair Don Quincey stated “the program is cost effective and provides incentives to growers that benefit our water resources. The interest in the District’s Ag cost-share program demonstrates the importance of partnering with the agricultural community to make a positive difference in conserving our water supplies,” said Don Quincey.
The next application funding opportunity for the second quarter ends January 4, 2013. For more information, please contact SRWMD Ag-Team member Kevin Wright, P.E., at 386.362.1001.