Over time, surface irrigation from farm ponds has increased in Southeast Georgia due to saltwater intrusion into groundwater aquifers and moratoriums on well drillings along the state's coast. GSWCC, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, developed the Ponds Program to assist Georgia's irrigators in the construction and renovation of these ponds for agricultural production.
The Ponds Program has been able to take advantage of rain harvesting to increase landowners' irrigation capabilities, while simultaneously reducing freshwater withdrawal from aquifers, protecting and improving water quality, capturing sediment and providing wildlife habitat.
Since its inception in 2001, the Ponds Program has been very successful.
- 325 ponds completed
- $13,702,593 Federal cost share utilized
- $22,420,572 out-of-pocket expense to landowners
- 10,681 additional acre-feet of water storage in the state.