PALATKA, Fla., Nov. 14, 2017 — Twelve agricultural projects will share in $1.5 million from the St. Johns River Water Management District to improve water conservation and reduce nutrient loading to area waterways. The district’s Governing Board approved the project ranking at Tuesday’s meeting. Proposed projects are anticipated to collectively conserve an estimated 519 million gallons of water each year and reduce total nitrogen by an estimated 52,945 pounds per year and total phosphorus by 8,149 pounds per year.
“Sustainable farming practices protect the environment but also can increase growers’ production and quality,” said District Executive Director Ann Shortelle. “I’m excited to see proactive measures being taken by the agricultural community to increase irrigation efficiency for water conservation and to reduce nutrient loading to the St. Johns River and its tributaries.”
Projects receiving funds are:
The district received 30 applications seeking funds through the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Districtwide Ag Cost-share Program for projects in the 15 counties outside the Tri-County Agricultural Area (portions of Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties), which has its own separate funding program for row crop projects.
The Districtwide Agricultural Cost Share program began in 2015 to assist farmers and growers with implementing projects that conserve water and result in nutrient loading reductions. To date, 51 projects have been approved for funding since the program’s inception.
For information about district cost-share programs, visit www.sjrwmd.com/localgovernments/funding/.