The Oregon Department of Agriculture is launching a new grant program and is looking f through innovative project proposals to prevent or reduce pesticides from entering the state's waters.
As part of the Oregon Pesticide Stewardship Partnership, $160,000 is available to those who submitted proposals by Sept. 30 that produce a broad range of benefits for Oregon's environment.
ODA is collaborating with other state agencies involved in the program, including the Department of
Environmental Quality, Department of Forestry, and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
Eligible applicants for funding include ag industry associations, producer groups, commodity commissions, non-profit and for-profit organizations, community organizations, institutions of higher learning, soil and water conservation districts, watershed councils, tribal entities and federal, state and local government agencies.
Proposed projects must focus on preventing and/or reducing the risk posed by pesticides entering water systems in agricultural, urban/rural residential, or forest environments.
To be selected for funding, work must take place in or collaborate with an existing program watershed-based project.
A list of current PSP watersheds may be found at http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/pesticide/docs/OregonPSPmap.pdf (see photo).
ODA will announce its selection decisions next month after an interagency team evaluates the proposals.
Selections will strongly focus on the following projects:
•Prevention/reduction of the frequency and concentration of pesticides in water.
•Collaboration that leverages expertise and funds in ways that reduce the input into water.
•Demonstrations of application technology reducing off-target movement of pesticides or increases on-target application efficiency and cost savings.
•Implementation of proven integrated pest management principles.
•Outreach/education programs that emphasize the proper use of pesticides.
•Demonstration projects and workshops that link behavioral changes, or the implementation of best management practices, to reduce pesticide water contamination.
•Demonstrations of how to reduce pesticide runoff or drift into waterways.Individual project grants can total as much as $50,000 and can run for two years.