Agriculture Water Conservation Grants Available

District-level water conservation grants are now available through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bay-Delta Restoration Program.

California Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other are eligible to leverage their money using Agricultural Water Conservation Efficiency Grants for 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 irrigation efficiency enhancements.

The grants are the result of a successful pilot project initiated in 2011 between the Bureau and the National Resources Conservation Service, which distributed $9 million to five water districts for conservation projects.

Up to $5 million is available in 2012. Apply at www.grants.govusing funding opportunity number R12AF20003 by Thursday, March 1, at 3 p.m.