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Basin Management Action Plans/BMAP Cost Share
Dairy CowsBasin Management Action Plan (BMAP)

The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) are furthering efforts to reduce nutrient loading in the Santa Fe and Suwannee River Basins.  The District will work with area farmers to increase water conservation and reduce nitrogen losses to groundwater. FDEP has invested over $3.6 million in funding to support the Basins through four initiatives for producers based on location.

Press Release (PDF, 43KB)

  • Irrigation Retrofits and Advanced Irrigation Controllers – Suwannee BMAP
  • Fertigation Systems – Suwannee BMAP
  • Dairy Wastewater Improvements – Suwannee and Santa Fe BMAP
  • Nursery Retrofits – Santa Fe BMAP

Pivot To qualify for the fertigation and center pivot cost-share grants, systems must be located within the Suwannee River BMAP area, which includes parts of Madison, Lafayette, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Dixie, and Levy counties. Qualifying nurseries must be located in the Santa Fe River BMAP area, which includes parts of Columbia, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, and Bradford counties. Dairies may be located in either the Suwannee or Santa Fe BMAP. Producers outside of these areas may still qualify for cost-share on a variety of water-saving projects.

Suwannee and Santa Fe River BMAP

To apply for cost-share funding, please complete the cost-share application or contact a member of the District's Ag Team.

Ag Team Contact Information

Phone 386.362.1001 or 800.226.1066 (FL only) or use the Contact Us form to reach a member of the Ag Team.

Stakeholders gather at Santa Fe River Ranch for the signing of the Santa Fe River BMAP The District currently has funds available to assist producers in implementing projects that increase irrigation efficiency and water conservation. For more information about the District-wide, cost-share program, please view our Cost-Share Programs page.

A BMAP is a roadmap, or set of strategies designed to reduce nutrient loads into water bodies. BMAPs are being developed and adopted statewide by the FDEP, with input from stakeholders including farmers and producers, local governments, agencies and organizations, interest groups, and private citizens. Agricultural best management practices (BMPs) are at the forefront of BMAP strategies within the District.

Suwannee River

Santa Fe River

Previous Basin Management Action Plan Cost-Share Program

In late June of 2012, the FDEP announced it would invest up to $900,000 to help farmers implement the BMP strategies in the Santa Fe River Basin. The District will administer those funds, using them to provide water quantity and water quality improvements in the Suwannee and Santa Fe river basins.

The following is a summary of the BMAP Cost-Share Program:

  Santa Fe Suwannee Total for BMAP Program
Water savings (mgd): 2.65 1.45 4.10
Nitrogen reduced (pounds): 1,187,000 441,000 1,628,000
Obligated funds: $887,000 $434,750 $1,321,750
Retrofits: 61 33 94
Fertigation: 62 23 85
*Nutrient and water savings are estimated.

Santa Fe River Basin Retrofit Program