Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pools

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Jun 22, 2018

Later deadlines: Jan 19, 2019, Apr 6, 2019

Applicant type: Working Professional Indigenous Group For-Profit Business College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alameda County, Alpine County, Butte County, Colusa County, Del Norte County Expand all

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, conservation program administered by NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. The purpose of EQIP is to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; to optimize environmental benefits; and to help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pools

The purpose of Water Conservation Fund Pools is to provide financial and technical assistance for conservation practices to conserve or protect resources from degradation, or improve soil, water, air, or related natural resources in the most cost-effective manner. 

See the funder's website for complete details & documents for each Pool.

Central Coast EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Alameda, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz

The purpose of the Central Coast Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool targeted specifically to irrigated agricultural operations to address water conservation. The primary source of irrigation and frost control water for agricultural production in the Central Coast region is groundwater. The priority of the fund pool is to assist growers with water conservation measures that promote conservation of groundwater, with particular emphasis on areas with aquifers in overdraft status. Conservation treatments offered through this initiative can also improve infiltration of rainfall, storage of runoff for irrigation use and conservation of surface water used for irrigation.

Eastern Sierra High Desert EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Alpine, Inyo, eastern Kern, Mono, northern Los Angeles, northern San Bernardino and northern Tulare

The purpose of the Eastern Sierra High Desert Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved moisture management, irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigation systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

Modoc Plateau EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, eeastern Shasta, eastern Siskiyou and eastern Sierra

The purpose of the Modoc Plateau Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

North Coast EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Siskiyou, Shasta and Trinity

The purpose of the North Coast Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

Sacramento Valley EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, Yolo and Yuba

The purpose of the Sacramento Valley Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

San Joaquin Valley EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Sacramento and Tulare

The purpose of the San Joaquin Valley Water Conservation EQIP Initiative is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

South Coast EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, western Riverside, southern San Bernardino and Ventura

The purpose of the South Coast Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

Southern Baja EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • Central Riverside, Eastern Riverside and Imperial

The purpose of the Southern Baja California Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

Upper San Joaquin Valley EQIP Fund Pool Counties

  • San Joaquin and Stanislaus

The purpose of the Upper San Joaquin Water Conservation EQIP Fund Pool is to promote improved irrigation efficiency and to protect ground and surface water quality by improving irrigations systems and managing those systems to reduce the potential for nutrients, pesticides and sediments to contaminate surface waters or for nutrients and pesticides to degrade ground water resources.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible to participate in EQIP, an applicant must meet all of the following producer eligibility criteria:
    • Be an agricultural producer.
    • Have control of the land for the term of the contract period.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions.
    • Be in compliance with adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements.
    • Be within payment limitation requirements.
    • Be within annual payment limitation requirements, if applicable.
    • Have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers.
    • See full details and definitions for Producer Eligibility here
  • To be eligible for EQIP, the land must meet all of the following criteria:
    • Be agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, Tribal land, or other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced.
    • Be privately owned land, eligible public land, or Tribal land.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Planned practices address an identified natural resource concern.
    • Have irrigated 2 out of the last 5 years to install an irrigation-related practice.
    • See full details and definitions for Land Eligibility here.