Farmers in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer region must act quickly to apply for special Agricultural Water Enhancement Program funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to carry out water conservation practices. The sign-up period runs through July 20, 2011.
The Idaho Water Resources Board (IWRB) received special funding through USDA’s Agricultural Water Enhancement Program to help stabilize the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer (ESPA). The project is a joint effort by the Idaho Water Resources Board and the NRCS.
Farmers can apply for funding to install conservation practices that help reduce ground water withdrawals and increase aquifer recharge. Financial support is available through the NRCS and producers apply to and contract directly with NRCS. Applications must be received by July 20, 2011.
The IWRB identified five actions to help reduce ground water withdrawals and increase water reaching the aquifer through infiltration and recharge: aquifer demand reduction; conversion to dry land farming; transition to crops with lower water requirements; conversion from ground irrigation water to surface water; and, enhancing irrigation systems to improve water delivery.
Stop in your local NRCS field office to find out if this voluntary program can help you. Click here to find out where your local service center is located.