USDA will provide more than $19.7 million dollars in fiscal year 2010 to support 29 water quality projects in 10 states. These projects are designed to conserve water and improve water quality on agricultural working lands through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program. In making the announcement, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the funding will help producers begin or expand plans and projects to improve water quality.
To become partners applicants submit proposals to address specific areas such as; water conservation or quantity restoration or enhancement projects; plan development; efficiency enhancement; activities designed to mitigate the effects of drought and climate change; and related activities.
Approved partners will enter into multi-year agreements with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to promote ground and surface water conservation or improve water quality on eligible agricultural lands in the project area. Once these partner agreements are in place, producers in eligible project areas may apply to participate at their local NRCS office.