December 20 Application Deadline Set for Water Conservation Program

Nov 15, 2013, 16:55 ET from USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service

DAVIS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California's farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) have until Dec. 20, 2013, to do so.

AWEP is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality. 

Eligible producers with a conservation plan for their operation receive priority for financial assistance. NRCS staff is available to help producers create conservation plans on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Applications can be submitted throughout the year. Applications received by December 20 will be evaluated for funding priority for available FY 2014 funding. Applications received after December 20 may be considered for future funding.

In order to be considered eligible for AWEP, the applicant must have a vested interest in production agricultural and meet other program eligibility requirements.

AWEP applications are being taken for these existing, approved projects: 

Partner Involved

Project Name

Project Summary

Approved Counties:

Columbia Canal Company

Improving Irrigation Efficiency and Protecting Groundwater Resources

A four-year project to improve irrigation efficiency and protect groundwater resources

Madera County

Colusa-Glenn Sub-watershed

A Partnership to Improve Surface and Ground Water Quality and Quantity in Colusa Basin Watershed, CA

A five-year project to improve surface and ground water quality and quantity in the Colusa Basin Watershed

Colusa, Glenn, Yolo Counties

Fall River Resource Conservation District

Lower Pit River Watershed Partnership

A five-year project to improve water conservation and water quality

Shasta, Lassen Counties

Honey Lake Resource Conservation District

Lower Susan River Watershed Partnership

A five-year project to improve surface water quality

Lassen County

Palo Verde Resource Conservation District

Eastern Riverside AWEP Project

A four-year project to conserve surface water and groundwater, and enhance water quality

Riverside County

Farm Bureau San Diego

San Diego County Water Enhancement Program

A five-year project to conserve and enhance agricultural water sources including groundwater, surface water, municipal water and recycled water

San Diego County

Western Shasta Resource Conservation District

Improving ACID Water Use Efficiency

A four-year project to improve water management, water quality, flood damage and erosion control

Shasta, Tehama Counties

Yolo County Resource Conservation District

A Partnership Improve Water Quality and Enhance Conservation Efforts on Rangeland in the Sacramento Valley Cluster

A five-year project to improve water quality and enhance conservation efforts on rangeland

Yolo County

For additional information, eligible producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS Service Center. Service center locations and more information on the programs can be found at

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935.

SOURCE USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service