Parallel to the Source Water Collaborative, the Alliance has been working with the Octoraro Watershed Association and TeamAg, Inc. to efficiently provide local farmers the financial support they need to implement conservation plans and practices. Through a National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reductions (INSR) grant, the Alliance has been able to provide 50 percent of the cost of water-quality-improving conservation practices and 100 percent of any conservation planning that may be needed for a farming operation.
Currently, 15 farmers are enrolled to implement conservation practices on their farms. However, the Collaborative is just getting started. Working with the Octoraro Watershed Association, the Alliance has prioritized a list of 1,076 farmers in the watershed by pollutant reduction potential and willingness to implement. As funding continues to grow, the Collaborative will work through the list of prioritized farms until the watershed is restored.
To continue to build momentum, the collaborative hosted the following events in 2018:
– Manure Management Plan Writing Workshops
– Conservation Breakfast Roundtable Discussions
– Soil & Water Conservation Summer Field Days