Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) Overview
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that enables the use of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) along with resources of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural lands.
Eligible producers who participate in a project area identified in an approved partner agreement, and have an active application EQIP program application, may be approved for assistance.
NRCS will make Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds available to owners and operators of agricultural lands who participate in approved AWEP project areas.
As authorized by Congress, this is not a grant program to eligible partners. This is a program whereby approved, eligible partners will enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS to promote ground and surface water conservation, or improve water quality on eligible agricultural lands.
The intent of AWEP is for the Federal government to leverage investment in natural resources conservation along with services and resources of other eligible partners.
Eligible partners include, but are not limited to:
Federally recognized Indian Tribes
units of local government
agricultural or silvicultural associations or
other groups of producers such as an irrigation association; an agricultural land trust; or other nongovernmental organization experience working with agricultural producers.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Reducing the Use of Groundwater and Improving Water Quality in the Dover/Plant City Study Area of Florida
To improve water conservation and water quality within the project area.
Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD)
Reducing the Use of Groundwater and Improving Water Quality in portions of Jefferson, Taylor, Lafayette, Suwannee, Columbia, Union, Bradford, Alachua, Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, Madison and Hamilton counties.
For water conservation and water quality improvements on agricultural working lands.
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS)
Reduce ground water withdrawals from the Upper Floridian aquifer, preventing saltwater intrusion.