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Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)

Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)

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The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality. As part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), AWEP operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated the  authority for AWEP to the Chief of NRCS.

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.  After the Chief has announced approved AWEP project areas, eligible producers may submit a program application.

National AWEP Information - This national website provides additional information on the program and nationally selected projects, as well as program eligibility requirements and the announcements for program funding.

AWEP in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has one active AWEP area which is expected to be funded in fiscal year 2014. 

Jackson County Conservation District is expected to receive funding for on-farm 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.

Jackson County AWEP Area Map (PDF; 188 KB)

Contact

Kenneth Hitch
Resource Conservationist
Phone: 405-742-1208
Email: Kenneth Hitch