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News - $1.5 Million Available to Improve On-Farm Water Resources in San Joaquin County

Natural Resources Conservation Service - News Release

$1.5 Million Available to Improve On-Farm Water Resources in San Joaquin County

Applications are due by April 20, 2012, for consideration

Contacts:
Anita Brown (530) 792-5644
Ora Van Steyn (209) 472-7127

DAVIS, Calif., March 29, 2012—The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California announced that it will invest $1.5 million to assist farmers to be better stewards of water resources in San Joaquin County. This funding is anticipated to help approximately 400 eligible farmers implement water quality and irrigation efficiency practices in selected San Joaquin County watersheds.

"Farmers in San Joaquin County are committed to protecting our critical water resources and this additional money will allow us to fund hundreds of more contracts for a sizeable, net benefit," said Ora Van Steyn, NRCS district conservationist in San Joaquin County. "Together, NRCS and selected farmers will do a great amount of good."

This funding will assist growers in the French Camp Slough, Duck Creek, Lone Tree Creek and Littlejohns Creek watersheds to improve on-farm irrigation water conservation, and reduce nutrient, sediment and chemical loads at the edge of fields. This effort will support the work of the San Joaquin County & Delta Water Quality Coalition in its efforts to meet the requirements of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board's Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. This work includes reducing pesticide and herbicide exceedances in the county.

Interested farmers in San Joaquin County should visit the NRCS Service Center in Stockton, located at 3422 West Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA 95219, or by calling (209) 472-7127.

Furthermore, a small number of farmers in Stanislaus County are eligible for financial assistance. Interested farmers in Stanislaus County should visit the NRCS Service Center in Modesto, located at 3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite E, Modesto, CA 95358, or by calling (209) 491-9320.

Applications are due April 20, 2012.

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. For more information on NRCS, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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