State seeks high schoolers interested in water conservation

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 The Suwannee River Water Management District invites high schools within its 15-county District boundary to engage in protecting water resources by implementing water conservation, water quality improvement or efficient irrigation management projects. The District Governing Board is designating $20,000 to assist STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), agricultural, and other high school classes to fund the projects.

The program is currently open to high schools only, and interested schools may apply for funding consideration, not to exceed $2,000, for the following type projects:

· Retrofitting irrigation systems to drip irrigation or to micro-irrigation

· Incorporating fertigation into irrigation systems

· Building a rain garden, which utilizes stormwater for irrigation

· Other water quality or quantity projects

While there is no formal application to complete, interested parties may submit project proposals and descriptions of their projects to Kevin Wright at klw@srwmd.org. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, Dec. 6.

For more information, please call 386-362-1001 or 800-226-1066 (FL only).