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Released On: February 27, 2013

Reclamation and Natural Resources Conservation Service Provide Funding Opportunity for Water Conservation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. --The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has announced the availability of Agricultural Water Conservation Efficiency Grants, a funding opportunity through the Bay-Delta Restoration Program.

Reclamation is seeking proposals from California Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to partner with Reclamation on district-level water conservation projects that facilitate on-farm conservation or water use efficiency.

In 2011, Reclamation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service formed a water conservation partnership as a pilot project. As a result of the success of this partnership, Reclamation and NRCS are continuing the collaborative process through this funding program. Funding opportunity announcement number R13AF20005 is available at www.grants.gov.

The FOA invites eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, create new supplies for agricultural irrigation, improve energy efficiency and benefit endangered species.

Projects should also increase the capability or success rate of on-farm water conservation or water use efficiency projects that can be undertaken by farmers and ranchers through irrigation system improvements and efficiency enhancements.

Up to $900,000 is available under this FOA. Once projects have been selected, NRCS will provide accelerated technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in the successful applicant's project area, through U.S. Department of Agriculture programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program or the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program. Through EQIP and AWEP, NRCS California is making available up to an additional $5 million for on-farm water conservation efforts.

Since 2011, Reclamation and NRCS have collectively awarded more than $13 million to nine water districts and their farmers for water conservation and water use efficiency projects. This partnership between Reclamation, NRCS, water districts and farmers has improved water conservation and water supply sustainability in our region.

Proposals must be submitted as outlined on www.grants.gov by Monday, April 8, 2013, at 12 p.m. It is anticipated that awards will be made in spring 2013. For more information, please contact Melissa Crandell at 916-978-5208 (TTY 916-978-5608) or mcrandell@usbr.gov.

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