Louisiana Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)
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.

South Louisiana is known throughout the United States for its abundant production of seafood along the Gulf Coast. This area contains some of the most productive fisheries in the United States. It is also known for its ability to produce rice, sugarcane, and productive grazing lands because of its mild winters and fertile soils. The Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) is designed to help producers voluntarily implement a combination of core and supporting practices that: reduce the amount of agricultural related nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment leaving the field; reduce agricultural impacts on water quantity; and enhance or maintain wildlife habitat. Three priority watersheds in Louisiana are targeted for participation in the new Gulf of Mexico Initiative:

Bayou Corne-Grand Bayou Watershed and Bayou St. Vincent-Little Grand Bayou Watershed, both in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary
Bayou Grand Marais Watershed in the Mermentau River Basin 

Contact Louisiana Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)

Johanna Pate
Gulf of Mexico Initiative Coordinator
3737 Government St.
Alexandria, Louisiana  71302
Phone: (318) 473-7808
Fax: (318) 473-7626


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