LOCATION: Spring Creek, Georgia
PROJECT PARTNER(S): The Nature Conservancy of Georgia and the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District
START UP DATE: 2016
PROJECT TYPE: Information Technology Systems
WRCs GENERATED: Yes*
The Flint River is part of the Apalachicola River system that drains areas of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. The River is home to some of the greatest aquatic biodiversity in North America and also provides water and farmland for some of the region’s most productive farms. Much of the river overlies the Floridan aquifer, where continued overdraft of groundwater from the Flint River Basin puts at risk both natural ecosystems and local economies.
The Flint River Irrigation Conservation Project, led by The Nature Conservancy and the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, works collaboratively with farmers in an ecologically critical tributary to the Flint River (Spring Creek). Modernization work included retrofitting irrigation systems with new technology that will reduce groundwater withdrawal by up to 20%. This project is a pilot that prioritizes locations for irrigation infrastructure upgrades and demonstrates the use of information technology to help irrigators use less water and help restore natural streamflows to some of the most important streams in the Flint River Basin.
*This resource has been reviewed and found to meet the BEF Flow Program Certification Criteria for Evaluating Proposals to Secure Environmental Flows by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.