2010 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a special opportunity for conservation partner groups under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). For 2010, $20.7 million in financial assistance will be set aside nationally to fund approved AWEP proposals from partners groups and organizations that propose water conservation or water quality improvements on agricultural lands. Once the Chief of NRCS approves a partner’s proposal and announces selection, the agricultural producers within the project area may submit an EQIP application for the AWEP funding directly to their local NRCS office. A primary intent of AWEP is to leverage other non-Federal resources along with NRCS program resources to achieve program objectives. While partners are not required to provide financial or technical resources towards a project (match), proposals that include or offer partner provided resources will be given higher priority consideration in the evaluation process.
The AWEP Partner Proposals for fiscal year 2010 must be postmarked and submitted to Gregory K. Johnson, Director, Financial Assistance Programs Division no later than May 17, 2010, for consideration in a national evaluation process. Complete information is available on the national NRCS AWEP Web page.
2010 Funded Projects
The Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of the NRCS announced approved FY 2010 AWEP proposals on July 2, 2010. Twenty eight proposals were funded in 10 states totaling $19,761,493 nationally. Montana and North Dakota share one approved proposal for $998,600.
Lower Yellowstone On-farm Water Conservation Measures
For More Information
National NRCS AWEP Web page
For more information and updates about AWEP, also please refer to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site or contact one of the Montana NRCS personnel listed below.
Kris Berg, Program Specialist
Carrie Mosley, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs