USDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Initiative


A NEW INITIATIVE FROM THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE’S NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE WILL HELP PRODUCERS PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
BY IMPROVING WATER QUALITY. GOMI (GO-MEE), OR THE GULF OF MEXICO INITIATIVE, WILL HELP
PRODUCERS IN FIVE STATES LIMIT NUTRIENT AND PESTICIDE RUNOF.The goal of the GOMI is to
improve the water quality as it drains off the land before it gets into the rivers, before
it gets into the bays and estuaries. TEXAS RANCHER DALLAS FORD PLANS TO USE GOMI
ASSISTANCE TO BUILD FENCES TO KEEP HIS CATTLE OUT OF LOCAL STREAM SYSTEMS.The cattle will
be on the land, the proper ranch itself and get their water from there and not be in the
creek, which they do go into it now and I would like to stop them from doing that.AT
THE GOMI ANNOUNCEMENT, AN N-R-C-S OFFICIAL SAID STAFF WILL WORK WITH LANDOWNERS TO DEVELOP
PLANS AND GET FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS TO PUT CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN
PLACE.In some areas a lot of what is going on is we are having a lot of nutrient and
pesticide erosion into those river systems and as a result that impacts the wildlife
and fish habitat. We hope that by implementing the conservation programs that over a period
of time that we will begin to see some possible affects with regard to water quality.GOMI
WILL DELIVER UP TO FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE OVER THREE YEARS IN
SIXTEEN PRIORITY WATERSHEDS. FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE I’M BOB ELLISON.

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