FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2010
For More Information Contact:
Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist, (217) 353.6606
Accepting Proposals for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
Champaign, IL—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has
made available $61.2 million in financial assistance funding for Agricultural
Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects through a Request for Proposal (RFPs).
The funding will help producers conserve surface and ground water and improve
water quality on agricultural land. The deadline for partner organizations to
submit proposals is May 17, 2010.
"By working with our partners, we will see more water conservation on working
lands and more opportunities to improve water quality," said NRCS State
Conservationist Bill Gradle.
AWEP projects are implemented when NRCS enters into partnership agreements with
eligible entities. NRCS works with these partners to help landowners plan and
implement conservation practices in established project areas.
Partnership entities include federally recognized Indian Tribes, state agencies,
units of local government, agricultural associations, and other groups of
producers--such as irrigation associations, agricultural land trusts, or other
nongovernmental organizations--that have experience working with agricultural
producers. Eligible entities can submit proposals for funding. When an AWEP
project area has been approved and announced, individual producers may apply for
program benefits through their local NRCS office.
Types of water enhancement activities intended with the RFP are:
•Water quality or water conservation plan development;
•Water conservation restoration or enhancement projects;
•Water quality or quantity restoration or enhancement projects;
•Irrigation system improvement and irrigation efficiency enhancements;
•Activities designed to mitigate the effects of drought; and
•Related activities determined to help achieve water quality or water
conservation benefits on agricultural land.
The deadline for partner organizations to submit proposals is May 17, 2010. To
view the full RFP, for additional AWEP information, or to apply visit:
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/farmbill. For additional information about NRCS and
conservation programs that may be available for you, visit
www.il.nrcs.usda.gov, or the nearest
USDA Service Center in your area.
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