Area farmers benefit from SRWMD cost-share funding
LIVE OAK, FL, February 22, 2013 – Several agricultural producers within the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) have been approved to receive a total of $214,975 in cost-share funds for projects to help save water. The District set aside $1.5 million for the program this fiscal year and this marks the second round of those funds.
The cost-share program assists farmers in paying for projects such as irrigation retrofits, new water saving technologies, and alternative water supplies. The cost-share funds for this quarter will help pay for projects that are estimated to reduce groundwater pumping by 149 million gallons of water annually.
During the first quarter, the District partnered with 32 applicants who received $512,575 in cost-share funding to reduce groundwater pumping by about 867 million gallons of water annually or roughly 2.4 million gallons a day.
“The District is pleased to assist area farmers in reducing groundwater pumping by an estimated 1,016 million gallons of water annually or just under 2.8 million gallons per day for the program’s first two funding cycles,” said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle. “The District is encouraged by our producers’ willingness to implement new water conservation technologies to achieve water resource protection.”
Agricultural producers within the District have until April 5 to apply for cost-share funds for the next funding cycle. Funds will be awarded through a ranking process based on various criteria, including the effectiveness of the proposed project to protect, conserve, or restore water resources. The funds will pay for projects that increase irrigation efficiency and water conservation and assist with nutrient management technology.
Interested parties may apply online through the District’s Agriculture webpage atwww.mysuwanneeriver.com/