The 2014 Farm Bill, enacted on February 7, 2014 repealed the authority to fund new obligations for the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP). Although the AWEP program was repealed in the 2014 Farm Bill, all existing contracts remain in effect and will continue to be honored.
The agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in approved watersheds. The Raritan River AWEP project was approved as a water quality project in 2009 through 2013. The partnership between North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D), the New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA), and NRCS provided financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural lands in the Raritan River basin to protect water quality. The assistance enabled producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activites that were consistent with State water law on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality.