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Subject 600-5-7 AGRICULTURE IRRIGATION WATER CONSERVATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Rule 600-5-7-.01 Purpose

In compliance with the "Fair and Open Grants" Article of the "Budget Accountability and Planning Act of 1993," following is the information on a grant program implemented by the Conservation Commission.

Rule 600-5-7-.02 The Name of the Grant Program

Agriculture Irrigation Water Conservation Incentive Program.

Rule 600-5-7-.03 The Citation to Statutory Basis for the Grant Program in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated or Other General Law of the State of Georgia

The Conservation Commission is authorized under 2-6-27(6) to receive and accept grant funding from outside sources and to manage and disperse same in support of soil and water conservation activities.

Rule 600-5-7-.04 The General Scope and Purpose of the Grant Program

The purpose of the Agriculture Irrigation Water Conservation Incentive Program is to provide financial assistance through incentive payments and irrigation efficiency audits to agricultural producers to foster water conservation and enhance water quality.

Rule 600-5-7-.05 General Terms and Conditions of the Grants

For an agreed upon amount of funding, not to exceed $8,000 for irrigation retrofitting or $50,000 for renovation/construction of an agricultural water catchment structure as a cost-share. Landowners must install certain water conservation measures and maintain same for a period of three years.

Rule 600-5-7-.06 Eligible Recipients of the Grants

The Agriculture Irrigation Water Conservation Incentive Program shall be available to agricultural producers in counties and soil and water conservation districts given priority designations for inclusion in the program shall be under the authority of the Commission.

Rule 600-5-7-.07 The Criteria for the Award of the Grant

Eligible Agriculture Irrigation Water Conservation Projects are those projects that upgrade or modify an existing irrigation system(s) for the purpose of reducing stream and/or aquifer water withdrawals. In order to be eligible, projects must be recommended in an irrigation system audit conducted by the Commission. Eligible Agriculture Irrigation Water Conservation Projects shall include, but not be limited to, agricultural water catchment structures and renovation, the repair, modification, replacement or installation of sprinkler heads, center pivot end gun shutoff, sprinkler head piping and connections (not main line) and pressure restriction and/or flow reduction hardware on existing irrigation system(s).

Rule 600-5-7-.08 Directions and Deadlines for Applying for Such Grants

Generally dependent on the time of the availability of grant funds but usually in July of each calendar year.

Agriculture Irrigation Water Conservation Incentive Program

Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission

P.O. Box 8024

Athens, GA 30603