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AWEP Projects Approved For Fiscal Year 2009

2009 Agricultural Water Enhancement Program

Following is a list of Fiscal Year 2009 AWEP project proposals approved by the Chief of the NRCS. Project proposals are approved based upon an estimated amount of funding requested by the partner and the final approved funding may change during the process to approve the partnership agreement.

If additional AWEP funding becomes available, more projects may be approved and this website will be updated, as needed. After the partnership agreements have been approved, the project will be announced by NRCS in each State and eligible farmers and ranchers may apply for program benefits.

The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated the authority for AWEP to the NRCS Chief. Under AWEP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) enters into partnership agreements with eligible entities that want to promote ground and surface water conservation or improve water quality on agricultural lands. Program applicants must meet eligibility requirements of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) 

The following information includes the States in which the project will be carried out, the name of the partner organization, the project title, and the total amount of NRCS funding requested by the partner.

The USDA news release regarding financial assistance for AWEP projects approved for fiscal year 2009 is available on the USDA site and as a PDF download (PDF, 20KB).  Please note that the amount of financial assistance provided to approved projects will change ever fiscal year depending upon appropriations and agency priorities.

Agricultural producers in selected project areas may apply for available AWEP funds at their local USDA Service Center. Once an application is selected, an eligible agricultural producer will enter into a contract with NRCS to implement approved conservation practices. Through these EQIP program contracts, NRCS provides payments to agricultural producers for implementing conservation practices.

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 AWEP Project Proposals Approved for Fiscal Year 2009 (PDF, 44KB) updated August 2009

     

State

Name of Organization/
Partner

Project Title

Project Description

Total Project Request

AL Alabama Farmers Federation Alabama Farmers Federation AWEP Proposal Producer assistance to increase agricultural efficiency through expansion of irrigation capacity. $2,915,000

AR

White River Regional Irrigation Distribution District

White River Regional Irrigation Distribution District

Install water measurement and monitoring technology on approximately 1000 farms includes, flow meters, soil moisture sensors, electric well pumps, Diesel well pumps, electric re-lift pumps packages

$4,450,000

CA

Tulare Irrigation District

Tulare irrigation District

Enhance water supply by implementing water quality and quantity measures. More efficiency irrigation systems, from high to low pressure systems

$4,000,000

CA

Sutter County Resource Conservation District

Gilsizer Slough

Install 40 high efficiency irrigation systems (50% water saving) Adopt nutrient and pest management practices for 40 producers, Install 40 vegetative cover crops and filter strips et

$5,750,000

CA

California Land Stewardship Institute

California Land Stewardship Institute

Increase the reliability of agriculture water supply, Improve stream flow and water quality, Improve water use efficiency etc

$5,700,000

CA

Coalition For Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship

Northern San Joaquin River Water Quality Partnership

Reduce sedimentation in waterways, pesticide and nutrient loading, pathogen inputs, and conserve water. (see pg. 13) Approximately 550,000 acres to requiring treatment, expect 250 producers to enroll in project.

$10,000,000

CA

Central Coast Irrigation and Nutrient Management

Central Coast Irrigation and Nutrient Management

Provide water quality through reduced runoff and leaching of nutrients, reduction of water usage,

$5,798,504

CA

Alameda County Resource Conservation District

Southern Alameda Creek Ranch Water Quality Project

Reduction of contaminants entering Calaveras Reservoir, creeks, streams and San Francisco Bay (64,00 acres, 25 producers)

$570,000

CA

North Cal-Neva RC&D, Inc

Improving of Water Quality and Quantity in the Upper Pit River in Northeast California

Focus on lowering water temperature, increasing dissolved oxygen, and reducing amount of nutrient entering the Pit river

$2,600,000

CA

Western United Dairymen

Western Untied Dairymen Project

Improving wastewater utilization systems.  Reducing potential surface water runoff on 550,000 acres over a three year period.

$17,300,000

CA

Westlands Water District

Westlands Water District

Increase seasonal application efficiency, Increase distribution uniformity, Increase crop yields, Decrease deep percolation, Decrease the effects of soil salinity

$10,000,000

CA

Yolo County Resource Conservation District

Yolo County

Increase irrigation efficiency decrease irrigation runoff, sediment delivery, and improve ground water quality for approximately 40,000 acres

$5,000,000

CA

California Association of Resource Conservation Districts

Processing Tomato Irrigation Efficiency Program

Improving irrigation efficiency for 30 producers on approximately 12,000 acres in a 5 year period.

$600,435

CA

Ventura County Resource Conservation District

Irrigation Efficiency Mobile - Implementation rebates

Evaluate effectiveness of irrigation systems, uniformity, pump efficiency, energy usage etc

$600,000

CA

Kings River Conservation District

Kings River Conservation District

Improve irrigation system efficiency, micro-irrigation, tail water recovery system for 650 growers  on 27,000 acres

$14,000,000

CA

Hoopa Valley Public Utilities District and the Klamath Trinity Resource Conservation District

Hoopa Valley Public Utilities District

Upgrade open ditch transmission lines with efficient close pipe system, install meters (monitoring, leaks)

$741,262

CA+
OR

Lava Beds-Butte Valley resource Conservation District

Lava Beds-Butte Valley resource Conservation District

Improve irrigation efficiency and nutrient management, restore wetland habitat (60,000 acres)

$3,750,000

CO

Republican River Water Conservation District Water Activity Enterprise

Republican River Water Conservation District Water Activity Enterprise

Reduce water use in basin by 35,000 acre feet, thus increasing stream flow and improving habitat

$1,000,000

FL

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems (FARMS)

Reduce ground water withdrawals from the Upper Floridian aquifer, preventing saltwater intrusion.

$3,790,000

GA

Flint RiverSoil and Water Conservation District

Marly Agricultural Water Conservation in the Lower Flint River Basin

Conserve water efficiency, updating systems with low pressure drop nozzle retrofits with end gun shut off, remote soil moisture monitoring encompassing 27 counties in SW GA

$10,000,000

GA

GA Soil and Water Conservation Commission

Implementing Water Conservation BMP's for Small, Undeserved Organic and Sustainable Agricultural Producers in NE GA

Increase water conservation and water use efficiency on small, organic and sustainable farms. Install BMP's addressing irrigation improvements and irrigation efficiency

$434,495

IA

Rathbun Land and Water Alliance

Protect Rathbun Lake Project: A Targeted Approach to Water Resource Enhancement

To reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus entering Rathbun Lake by applying BMP's (pg. 5)

$794,750

IA

Idaho Water Resource Board

Idaho Water Resource Board

Reduce water usage by 20 kaf over 5 years, switching to dryland farming (10,000 acres, 125 producers, 160 ac/producer

$8,960,000

ID

Idaho Soil Conservation Commission

Pilger Project

Converting surface irrigation systems to wheel line and pivot sprinkler systems. Increase water application efficiencies more than 35 % (8 producers)

$362,000

ID

Portneuf Marsh Valley Canal Company

Portneuf Marsh Valley Canal Company

Placing water through pipe in canal or concreting canal bottom conserving water from seepage

$18,580,000

ID

Idaho Soil Conservation Commission

Thorn Creek Watershed

Increase irrigation application efficiencies through conversion from surface to sprinkle systems

$961,335

IL

Mason County Soil and Water Conservation District

Mason County, Illinois

Converting high pressure systems to low, more uniformity, treating approx.1400 acres. 10 producers

$509,310

IN

LaPorte County Soil and Water Conservation District

LaPorte County, IN Irrigation System Efficiency and Scheduling Program

To improve irrigation water mgt. on 298,240 acres (uniformity and run-off potential)

$486,000

MI+IN

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Michigan Association of Conservation Districts

Improve irrigation water utilization and system uniformity by 10%, Monitor & Evaluate, Improve WQ in the south eastern Lake MI watershed (190,000 acres over 5 years)

$27,000,000

MN, ND, SD Red River Basin Commission Red River Basin Commission AWEP Project Projects to improve water quality (reducing nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment) in Red River Basin some 40,000 square miles. $1,200,000

MS

Yazoo Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District

Conservation of Groundwater from the Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer

Tailwater recovery, water management (flow meters), Install on-farm storage reservoirs

$14,000,000

MS

Tunica County Soil & Water Conservation District

Tunica County SWCD, Mississippi, AWEP

To improve irrigation water mgt. on 90,000 acres over a 5 year period by reducing non-point source pollution using agri. water enhancement practices (pg. 10)

$2,000,000

NC

North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources

Conservation Irrigation Conversion Initiative

Over 174,000 acres will benefit from water quality/quantity enhancements. improved irrigation systems , more efficiency

$475,000

ND

Buford Trenton Irrigation District

Buford Trenton Irrigation District

To convert gravity flood application method to sprinkler (400 ac/yr).  Tail water recovery (200 ac/yr)

$249,000

ND

Suwannee River Partnership

Irrigation Pump/Power Unit Retrofit Program - to Conserve Water, Improve Air Quality and Reduce Energy Cost

Improve irrigation efficiency to save water (5-10%) and reduce energy (40%) Over 10,000 acres to participate

$750,000

ND

North Central Soil Conservation District

North Central Soil Conservation District

Ground water quality , reduction of nitrogen in soil after crop harvested (nutrient and pest Mgt conservation tillage , crop rotation)

$480,000

ND

Wells County Soil Conservation District

Wells County Soil Conservation District

Adopt new treatments that will enhance water quality / quantity measures on 4000 acres (see pg. 8)

$299,626

ND

North Dakota Irrigation Association

North Dakota Irrigation Association

Addressing water quality and quantity issues on 100,000 acres for approximately 35 producers. Changing from flood to pivot irrigation etc...

$3,790,000

NE

Little Blue Natural Resources District

Little Blue Natural Resources District

Convert 30 gravity irrigated farms to sprinklers; convert from irrigated to dryland, sprinkler conversion from high pressure to low. Converting a total of 90 farms in a 3 year period

$3,000,000

NE

University of Nebraska

Lower Big Blue Natural Resource District, Beatrice Nebraska

300 operators to participate in irrigation scheduling to reduce water use and improve water use efficiency.  Another 45 operators to participate in the small dam development, 8000 acre indirectly affected

$250,000

NE

The Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District

NE Conservation- Irrigation Project - Ogallala Aquifer Area

Irrigation system improvement and irrigation efficiency enhancement (uniformity)

$1,552,450

NE

Middle Republican Natural Resources District

Middle Republican Natural Resources District

Going from irrigated to dryland farming, convert from gravity to pivot

$3,127,000

NE

Lower Platte North Natural Resource District

Lower Platte North NRD Efficient Water Use Project

Irrigated to dryland production or irrigation water mgt. utilizing a flow meter

$1,831,000

NJ

North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council

Addressing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution In Priority Watersheds of the Raritan River Basin

Reducing pollutants (mainly phosphorous) from entering the Raritan River Basin, consisting of 1100 square miles

$2,000,000

NM

Deming Soil and Water Conservation District

Deming Soil and Water Conservation District

Convert flood irrigation to drip irrigation, reduce water usage.

$2,400,000

NM

Pueblo Of Sandia

Pueblo Of Sandia

Land leveling and irrigation ditch lining

$89,272

NM

Fort Sumner Irrigation District

Fort Sumner Irrigation District

To improve water efficiency on approximately 7152 acres.  Structure for water control, irrigation ditch and canal lining, and irrigation land level

$500,000

NM

The Pueblo of Santa Ana

Irrigation Water Conveyance and Water Quality Improvements on the Pueblo of Santa Ana

Irrigation water conveyance (lining ditch, 4.2 miles)

$738,810

NM Pueblo of Jemez Pueblo of Jemez AWEP Project  Rehabilitate and cleanout stock ponds and other improvements on Tribal lands

 

$49,420

NY

Watershed Agricultural Council

Watershed Agricultural Council

Protecting water quality using BMP's (AWS, pesticide storage facility, fertilizer storage, nutrient mgt., etc for 249 farms on more than 100,000 acres

$2,000,000

OK

High Plains RC&D Association, Inc

Conservation of the Ogallala Aquifer in Oklahoma

Install practices that will result in a net water  savings and improvement in water use efficiency (Micro irrigation, Sprinkler, low pressure pivot, Residue Mgt., Crop Rotation, etc

$1,375,000

OK Jackson County Conservation District Jackson County Conservation District AWEP Project Projects to address water quality excessive nutrient and organics, salinity, and sedimentation. Water quantity excessive runoff, flooding and ponding, inefficient water use, aquifer overdraft etc.. $4,532,000

OR

Deschutes River Conservancy

Mckay Creek Water Conservation

Improving irrigation efficiency, going from flood irrigation to sprinkle irrigation.

$229,757

OR

The Dalles Irrigation District:

The Dalles Irrigation District

To improve efficiency of irrigation 88 system on 5500 acres.  Replace 230 flow meters, also, apply scientific irrigation scheduling

$1,123,764

OR

Vale Oregon Irrigation District

Malheur Watershed Basin Irrigation Efficiency and Water Quality Protection project

Reduce water use and eliminate irrigation return flow from 12,000 acres of flood and furrow irrigated land.

$1,500,000

OR

Klamath Basin Rangleland Trust

Dryland grazing and instream flow protection in the Upper Klamath Lake watershed

Converting 15,000 flood irrigated pasture to dryland grazing

$9,000,000

OR

Three Sisters Irrigation District

McKenzie Canyon Irrigation

Improve instream flows, water quality, and provide farmers with reliable supply of water

$1,204,312

OR

Marion Soil Water Conservation District Salem USDA Service Center

Zollner Creek

Irrigation efficiency and management for approximately 20 producers on 1000 acres reducing sedimentation, bacteria, and other pollutants by implementing BMP's (see pg. 7).

$1,000,000

OR

Burnt River Soil & Water Conservation District

Burnt River Watershed Enhancement Project

Improve the overall health of the Burnt River Basin.  Converting 10% (1200 ac) of irrigated acres to high efficient irrigation systems.

$864,900

OR

Umatilla Basin Watershed Council

Umatilla Basin Watershed Council

Improve irrigation efficiency for producers on the east fork of Birch Creek (4 producers and 160 acres)

$38,612

TX

Texas Water Development Board

Texas Agriculture Water Conservation Enhancement Program-Ogallala Aquifer

Provide the most efficient and cost effective irrigation water conservation.  Irrigation system improvement (drip & micro irrigation), Irrigation efficiency enhancements (irr. water mgt) etc..

$38,000,000

TX

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

Water Quality Improvement Project for the Leon River

Improve water quality in the Leon River by reducing bacteria levels using BMP's  (pg. 5)

$500,000

TX

Post Oak RC&D

Brazos Bottom Irrigation Water Management

To impact approximately 23,000 acres of irrigated land by install more efficient irrigation equipment and installing BMP's

$2,708,000

TX

Chisholm Trail RC&D, Inc

Lake Arrowhead Watershed Project to improve available water quantity

To enhance surface water availability through brush control or suppression, range seeding, prescribed grazing, fencing, farm ponds, water wells and pipelines on  185,248 acres

$500,000

TX

University of Texas

Water Enhancement Projects for Drought Mitigation and Water Conservation on University Lands, Owned and managed by University of Texas System

Address water quality and water conservation issues such as such as; soil water deficits, drought, reduction in aquifer quantity and quality, the increase in evapotranspiration on UL grazing lands in West Texas.  Approximately 2.1 million acres and 116 producers.

$700,000

WA

Washington State University

Farm planning, cover cropping, and soil testing to improve water quality in Puget Sound

To improve water quality in the Puget Sound region by improving soil quality and reducing non-point source pollution

$296,800