Ag Water Enhancement Program
2010 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation
initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural
producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural
land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water
quality. As part of the Environmental Quality
Incentives Program (EQIP), AWEP operates through contracts with producers to
plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through
Under AWEP, NRCS enters into partnership agreements with eligible entities.
As authorized by Congress, this is not a grant program. The intent of AWEP is
for the Federal government to leverage investments in natural resources
conservation along with services and resources of other eligible partners.
How It Works
Eligible entities propose AWEP project areas for ground and surface water
conservation or improvements to water quality on agricultural lands. Partners
that are eligible to participate in AWEP include, but are not limited to,
federally recognized Indian Tribes, States, units of local government, or groups
of agricultural producers.
NRCS evaluates the proposals and selects project areas on a national level.
Once AWEP areas are approved, eligible partners enter into multi-year agreements
with NRCS to promote ground and surface water conservation or improve water
quality on eligible agricultural lands. NRCS will then make special EQIP funding
available to eligible landowners and agricultural operators in the project area.
To receive funding through the AWEP, landowners must submit an EQIP
application and meet all program eligibility requirements. Individual producers
are not eligible to submit a partnership proposal.
2009 Alabama AWEP Project Areas
In 2009, targeted conservation program funding through AWEP was made
available statewide in Alabama.
Alabama NRCS will begin accepting applications for AWEP on August 17, 2009. The signup period will end on August
Alabama News Release 8-14-2009
Program Information (will open in a new window)
Contact your local
Service Center for further guidelines and
details of the program.
NRCS State Office contact Steve Musser, USDA–NRCS, Assistant State Conservationist for
Programs, phone: (334) 887-4503.