BMP Implementation and Cost Share
Through the USDA Farm Bill program, cost share is available to agriculture growers to assist with implementation of Best Management Practices. The program promotes wise use of land, water conservation, water quality and other related conservation practices. The District's staff work closely with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to promote services and assist with design of irrigation systems. For more information on the USDA Farm Bill cost-share programs, please contact our office or visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov
Nursery Overhead Efficiency Project
The Nursery Overhead Efficiency Project helps reduce runoff in our local water sources and conserve energy through reduction in pump run time. Nursery growers throughout the Tri-County area are eligible for replacement of their irrigation heads with a more efficient mini wobbler head, at no cost. The District has exchanged/installed over 11,500 heads (and counting) with an estimated water savings of over 218 million gallons per year.
This highly sought out project is funded through South Florida Water Management District's Cooperative Funding program as a 50/50 cost share.
Agriculture Mobile Irrigation Lab
As part of the ongoing effort to improve water quality standards and ensure water conservation, the District recently expanded their Agriculture Mobile Irrigation Lab to cover Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
Complementary irrigation expertise is provided to agricultural growers by analyzing irrigation systems and educating them on how to improve the efficiency of their systems and equipment. The practices reduce water quantity and improve water quality by reducing potentially hazardous runoff, which benefits both the grower and the environment. The program is funded through the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an evaluation.
PBC Ag Reserve
The District works in the Ag Reserve on lands purchased by the County with funds from the March 1999 Conservation Lands Bond. Over 2,200 acres are leased for agricultural production throughout the area. As a liaison for the County, the District monitors the farms and nurseries on a monthly basis to assure that proper agricultural practices are conducted. Examples of monitoring include: Verifying implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as nutrient and pesticide management, water control structures, irrigation and safety management, in addition to inspecting the condition of pumps and the land. Detailed information and photos are reported to the County.