2010 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program | AWEP
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
2010 Kansas AWEP Program Information
The notice of Request for Proposals (RFP) was posted in the Federal Register on April 2, 2010, with a deadline for submission of May 17, 2010. Twenty eight proposals were accepted nationwide for almost $19.8 million. Of those, three proposals from Kansas were approved. Approved proposals include:
Equus Beds Groundwater Management District No. 2 (GMD No. 2). The objective of this proposal is to increase irrigation efficiency and reduce groundwater use through the installation of more efficient irrigation systems and the use of irrigation water management plans. Proposal is for five years. The project was approved for over $1.1 million for fiscal year (FY) 2010. The entire GMD No. 2 is eligible, with the McPherson Intensive Groundwater Use Conservation Area (IGUCA) receiving priority.
Northwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 4 (GMD No. 4). The objective of this proposal is to slow the water table decline rate in specifically designated aquifer subunits and extend the economic life of the aquifer. Proposal is for four years. The project was approved for almost $2.7 million for FY 2010. Portions of Cheyenne, Sheridan, Sherman, and Thomas counties are eligible.
Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 (GMD No. 5). The objective of this proposal is reduce water use by removing end guns from center pivot systems and returning those irrigated acres under the end gun to non-irrigated acres. Proposal is for five years. The project was approved for over $570,000 for FY 2010. The Rattlesnake Creek sub-basin within the GMD No. 5 is eligible.
The assistance provided through the AWEP agreement enables farmers and ranchers to install conservation practices to address priority natural resource concerns. These concerns will be addressed through the EQIP, where approved producers will treat the AWEP concern with an EQIP contract.
Application forms are available at your local USDA Service Center.
NRCS has established an application evaluation period cutoff date of August 13, 2010 for FY 2010 AWEP related applications. Applications must be received at the USDA Service Center by close of business that day to be considered for FY 2010 AWEP funds.