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$300,000 Available to Stanislaus County Farmers to Improve Irrigation Water Efficiency

CONTACT:  
Diana Waller (209) 491-9320, ex. 132
Jonathan Groveman (530) 792-5692

Applications will be accepted through June 20, 2014        

MODESTO, Calif., May 28, 2014 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), is providing $300,000 to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in Stanislaus County. This partnership combines rural infrastructure upgrades with on-farm conservation enhancements. The deadline to submit an application for assistance is June 20, 2014.

“We are proud to partner with Reclamation to provide expanded technical and financial assistance to farmers to be better stewards of local water resources,” said Diana Waller, NRCS California district conservationist. “Water is a precious resource and California’s farmers are committed to using each drop as efficiently as possible.”  

NRCS and Reclamation chose the Amaral Drain farming region, serviced by the Central California Irrigation District, in 2013 to receive funding for irrigation infrastructure improvements. NRCS is closing the loop in 2014 by now funding on-farm irrigation efficiencies so participating farmers can make use of the new, centralized district infrastructure improvements.

NRCS and Reclamation launched a statewide partnership in 2011, through Reclamation’s WaterSmart program, to fund on-farm water conservation and water use efficiency projects. Due to the success of the program, NRCS and Reclamation have continued to fund small, select projects, approximately five per year, to improve irrigation efficiency in California’s Bay-Delta Watershed. 

For more information, please contact the Modesto Service Center located at 3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite E, Modesto, Calif., 95358 or by calling (209) 491-9320 Ext 3. Additional information on NRCS’s conservation programs can be found at http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/programs.

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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