Results and Accomplishments
Noteworthy accomplishments of the Suwannee River Partnership include:
• The Partnership established a Quality Assurance Program that uses field technicians to help farmers implement BMPs. Specialists verify and document that BMPs are applied properly, reporting results to the Partnership and tracking long-term success in reducing contamination.
• Thirty-nine of 44 dairies and 168 of 178 poultry producers are developing conservation plans and applying BMPs that meet or exceed state regulatory requirements. Primary tools are the PL-566 - Small Watershed Program and Environmental Quality Incentive Program.
• Under the PL 566 Small Watershed Program, $8.7 million in federal dollars have been pledged to poultry, dairy, and swine producers to develop on-farm waste management systems. In addition, $15.5 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) dollars have been obligated to address confi ned livestock, plant and animal health, soil erosion, and water quantity. Nearly 30,000 acres are enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program, and 3,497 acres under Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program contracts.