Florida Gulf of Mexico Initiative
The Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) is designed to help producers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas improve water quality and ensure sustainable production of food and fiber. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is launching an innovative water and wildlife conservation effort along the Gulf Coast of the United States, which will deliver up to $50 million in financial and easement assistance over 3 years in 16 priority watersheds. This infusion of conservation funds represents an 11-fold increase in conservation assistance in these priority areas.

Assistance will help producers apply sustainable agricultural and wildlife habitat management systems that maintain agricultural productivity; avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff; and reduce sediment transport. GoMI also will reduce current over-use of water resources and prevent saltwater from entering the habitats of many threatened and endangered species. NRCS programs supporting GoMI are the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

GoMI Focus Areas in Florida

Middle Suwannee River Area
  • Old Grassy Lake
  • Allon Lake
  • Blue Lake
  • Pickel Lake 
Escambia River Watershed
  • Canoe Creek
  • Pine Barren Creek-Sandy Hollow
  • Little Pine Barren Creek  

Contact Florida Gulf of Mexico Initiative

Jeffrey Woods
Assistant State Conservationist for Financial Assistance Programs
2614 NW 43rd Street
Gainesville, Florida  32606
Phone: 352-338-9515
Fax: (352) 338-9574


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Florida

Office Locaters

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