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SWFWMD to Fund Larger Share of Dover/Plant City Ag Irrigation Projects

SWFWMD's governing board voted Tuesday to begin the rulemaking process to increase its share of costs for projects that reduce groundwater pumping for frost/freeze protection in the Dover/Plant City area.

The increase will be part of the District's Facilitating Agricultural Resource Management Systems, or FARMS, Program. FARMS is a cost-share program to reduce groundwater use through water conservation best management practices in agricultural operations.

The proposed change makes projects that reduce frost/freeze quantities from the Upper Floridan aquifer in the Dover/Plant City area eligible for cost-share funding of 75 percent. Currently, FARMS cost-share rates are generally capped at 50 percent for projects that will provide either water quality or water quantity benefits. Project cost-share increases to 75 percent for projects that incorporate both water quality and quantity benefits....

Additional Contact Information

FARMS Program, Southwest Florida Water Management District

(941) 377-3722
farms@watermatters.org