Get Paid to Grow Native Plants

Board Room
Pay for Performance Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades (KOW) Phosphorus Removal Program

The need to remove and recover phosphorus and other nutrients from the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades (KOE) System could justify a PAY-FOR-PERFORMANCE program whereby the Water Management District (SFWMD) commits to paying a fee for each pound of phosphorus removed, recovered and taken out of the KOE. A native plant grower could use compost generated from recovered aquatic plants from the KOE, or direct hydroponics to grow plants for sale throughout the state, and at the same time recover fees for removing phosphorus from the KOE. In this way, agriculture can contribute to pollution control around impaired surface waters. Associations such as FANN could help promote the PAY-FOR-PERFORMANCE Program, and improve returns to their growers.

  • Developmental History of the KOE
  • Pollution Control Needs and programs such as CERP and TMDL
  • Potential returns to in-basin growers of native plants
  • Concept Development and Promotion Strategy

This session is sponsored by the Native Plant Horticulture Foundation

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