Salinas-area growers can receive funding from $1.8 million in the farm bill to help conserve water supplies.

The money is available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in California's Central Coast, according to a news release.

The money will be spent on the Central Coast Irrigation and Nutrient Management Initiative, according to the news release, which was one of 63 projects chosen nationwide this year by the NRCS. The goal of the project is to improve water quality and protect marine resources like the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Morro Bay National Estuary, according to the news release.

The project area covers the Pajaro River, Salinas River, Santa Maria River, and Coastal San Luis watersheds, according to the news release, and will go directly to eligible growers for conservation planning, technical design and financial assistance for irrigation and nutrient management conservation practices.

Applications will be accepted starting Aug. 10 and will be competitively ranked according to conservation benefits, the agency said in the news release.

NRCS field offices to contact in the Central Coast are:

  • Monterey County NRCS: Robert LaFleur, (831) 424-1036 ext. 101;

  • San Benito County NRCS: Bob Rohde, (831) 637-4360 ext. 105;

  • San Luis Obispo County NRCS: Margy Lindquist, (805) 434-0396 ext. 102;

  • Santa Barbara County NRCS: John Bechtold, (805) 928-9269 ext. 105;

  • Santa Clara County NRCS: Bob Rohde, (831) 637-4360 ext. 105; and

  • Santa Cruz County NRCS: Richard Casale (831) 475-1967