RARITAN BASIN AG MINI-GRANTS PROGRAM: COST-SHARE AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS IN TARGET AREAS
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SOMERVILLE, NJ January 28, 2013 - The New Jersey Water Supply Authority (NJWSA) is offering cost-share funding to farmers in four target watersheds for the installation of conservation practices that improve soil and water resources while also protecting water quality. The four watersheds – Mulhockaway Creek, Spruce Run, Neshanic River and South Branch Raritan – are important components of NJWSA’s Delaware & Raritan water supply system, which provides drinking water to more than 1.5 million customers in central New Jersey.
Funding is available for a list of practices that NJWSA developed with their project partners, including cover crop, contour buffer strips and waste storage facilities. The funding can be used to match USDA-NRCS or FSA cost-share so that the farmer receives up to 100% cost-share funding. In some cases, the funding may be the sole source for practice installation.
According to Kathy Hale, NJWSA “the funding is intended to help bridge the gap between other cost-share funding that a farmer is receiving and the full cost of the project. By increasing the amount of cost-share per project, we hope to increase the number of practices that are installed to protect soil and water resources.”
The first round of mini-grant applications are due February 15, 2013. Future application deadlines will be posted on NJWSA’s web page. Interested farmers should contact their local NRCS Service Center (Hackettstown and Frenchtown), NJWSA or North Jersey RC&D Council as soon as possible to begin the application process.
Funding for the project is provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Policy Implementation and Watershed Restoration. NJWSA is also working with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and North Jersey Resource Conservation & Development Council.
The New Jersey Water Supply Authority is a state-owned utility that operates Spruce Run and Round Valley Reservoirs and the Delaware & Raritan Canal as drinking water supply in the Raritan River Basin. The water supply system provides water to over 2 million residents in Central New Jersey.
For more information on the cost-share funding, please contact Kathy Hale, Principal Watershed Protection Specialist, New Jersey Water Supply Authority, at (908)685-0315 x228 or by email at email@example.com. More information can be found online at www.raritanbasin.org.