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EPA awards $7.5 million to fund water quality projectsEPA awards $7.5 million to fund water quality projects

Grants focus on farmer-driven efforts to improve water quality in Gulf of Mexico watershed

August 19, 2019

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency anticipates awarding seven Gulf of Mexico Division cooperative agreements totaling more than $7.5 million to fund projects that improve water quality, habitat, and environmental education in the Gulf of Mexico watershed.

2019 Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Recipients:

  1. B.F. Smith Foundation - $1,149,813 for Farming Systems Research: Demonstrating an Innovative and Scalable Watershed-Based Approach to Advancing Sustainable Agriculture

  2. Mississippi State University - $1,088,025 for Multi-State Collaboration to Improve Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico Water Quality through Farmer-Led Initiatives and Farmer-Driven Data

  3. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies  - $1,000,000 for Targeted Restoration of Natural Resources though Innovative Technology, Public Partnerships and Farmer Cooperation in the Chipola River Basin

  4. Winrock International - $1,150,000 for Farmer-Driven Water Quality through Conservation Grazing in the Kickapoo River Watershed

  5. Practical Farmers of Iowa - $935,788 for Roots for Water Quality: A Farmer-to-Farmer Model for a Sustainable Mississippi Basin

  6. University of Iowa - $1,064,926 for Connecting Rural and Peri-urban Farmers to Demonstrate and Disseminate Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Practices

  7. Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship  - $1,150,000 for Effective, Targeted Wetland Installations to Maximize Nutrient Removal, Wetland Habitat Function, and Ultimately Expand Delivery

“These Farmer to Farmer grants will promote innovative, market-based solutions for monitoring and improving water quality throughout the Gulf of Mexico watershed,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

“Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreements directly support science and technology-based water quality initiatives needed to protect our watersheds while also maintaining a vital agricultural economy,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford.

“This investment represents another way EPA is improving coastal resilience and protecting the Gulf of Mexico,” said EPA Region 6 EPA Administrator Ken McQueen. “These Farmer to Farmer projects will help prioritize resources and restore the Gulf.”

Since 2018, approximately $9.5 million has been awarded to support novel or innovative agricultural techniques, methods or approaches through EPA’s farmer to farmer cooperative agreements. These projects support farmer led and/or farmer focused organizations with experience implementing programs and demonstration projects through collaboration with farmers.

Source: EPA, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 

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