NRCS Conservation Programs

Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)

The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality. As part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, AWEP operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (enacted on February 7, 2014) repealed funding for AWEP. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners, now includes the authority for AWEP.

To learn more see RCPP -- And -- AWEP

Financial Information: Total Obligations | Technical Assistance | Financial Assistance
Contracts: Contract Data |Maps
Conservation Practice Implementation Reports: by State | by State and Conservation Practices related to: Irrigation Efficiency | Water Quality


Financial Information

The Financial Information section presents data from the USDA Office of the Chief Financial Officer's Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) system and its predecessor, the Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS). The Financial Information presented here is Total Obligations which the Government Accountability Office defines as binding agreements (orders placed, contracts awarded, services rendered, etc.) that will result in outlays, immediately or in the future. Before obligations can be incurred, budgetary resources must be made available by Congress. The obligations displayed for each year are the total obligations reported as of the end of each fiscal year. Subsequent adjustments after the close of the fiscal year are not included.

There are two categories of Total Obligations presented below:

  • Technical Assistance (TA) Obligations refer to the scientific expertise, natural resource data, tools, and technology that USDA NRCS personnel provide to help producers, landowners, and communities develop conservation plans and implement conservation practices to solve natural resource problems at the field, operation, or larger landscape scales. NRCS is the lead agency for providing technical assistance for USDA.
  • Financial Assistance (FA) Obligations refer to the commitment of funds to contracts for payments that will be made to program participants for implementing conservation practices, which can provide both on-site and off-site conservation benefits.
This program does not include Reimbursable funds.

Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year and Type
AWEP Total Obligations, by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Alabama $1,804.0
$1,372.2
$969.6
$1,157.2
$1,245.4
$54.6
Arkansas $444.6
$842.3
$2,045.8
$1,038.7
$1,190.1
$101.3
California $20,766.0
$23,926.9
$21,269.3
$14,317.7
$12,847.0
$2,117.7
Colorado $370.0
$1,012.6
$1,209.1
$858.6
$642.9
$8.2
Florida $1,340.9
$1,358.2
$1,067.3
$108.3
$114.5
$6.8
Georgia $2,158.9
$2,029.4
$1,739.5
$1,800.2
$2,027.2
$59.5
Idaho $7,940.7
$3,808.7
$5,044.5
$6,192.8
$5,387.9
$899.3
Illinois $59.6
$75.8
$37.5
$35.8
$102.3
$4.6
Indiana $675.3
$1,273.8
$1,355.7
$1,764.1
$973.4
$355.5
Iowa $182.6
$129.3
$163.2
$164.7
$139.8
$1.6
Kansas
$4,643.8
$5,034.4
$4,308.5
$3,052.2
$104.4
Michigan $1,686.2
$2,377.6
$3,519.4
$2,712.0
$1,832.2
$210.3
Minnesota $368.4
$1,302.1
$1,166.7
$1,310.3
$3,441.2
$47.9
Mississippi $2,655.1
$2,277.9
$3,267.2
$2,872.6
$2,557.9
$172.4
Montana
$691.2
$538.5
$497.2
$990.5
$41.4
Nebraska $3,229.7
$5,696.8
$5,415.2
$2,063.7
$3,941.3
$138.5
New Jersey $101.4
$242.9
$176.9
$92.6
$257.1
$73.3
New Mexico $4,155.1
$454.1
$219.3
$135.2
$181.1
$31.7
New York $555.4
$515.6
$437.8
$448.8
$77.3
$26.2
North Carolina $60.1
$73.3
$124.7
$63.7
$8.5
$0.6
North Dakota $3,095.7
$3,027.1
$2,944.5
$1,203.4
$2,446.1
$81.7
Oklahoma $854.1
$994.7
$1,243.4
$652.7
$685.5
$96.2
Oregon $4,154.9
$3,418.0
$3,025.4
$2,385.4
$2,001.1
$255.9
South Dakota
$91.8
$283.4
$56.6
$127.4
$3.1
Texas $12,700.6
$5,722.5
$6,045.6
$7,589.0
$5,397.1
$214.2
Washington $1.1
$2,023.3
$832.1
$930.0
$144.0
$135.5
Wyoming
$579.5
$833.5
$954.7
$472.9
$37.9
Other $2,442.8
$2,198.4
$3,381.4
$3,043.7
$2,974.0
$103.2
Total $71,803.4
$72,159.9
$73,391.0
$58,758.4
$55,257.9
$5,383.5
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012-2014 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), November 2014;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Prior to the February 7, 2014 enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014, AWEP was authorized to obligate funds to new contracts. Upon enactment, the 2014 Act authorized the use of unobligated AWEP funds remaining from 2009 through 2013 to complete implementation of contracts entered into prior to the date of enactment, including the provision of technical assistance.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

AWEP Technical Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Alabama $226.5
$177.4
$236.3
$174.5
$222.1
$30.9
Arkansas $108.8
$87.9
$191.1
$220.2
$339.8
$100.0
California $2,707.2
$2,802.0
$3,115.7
$2,138.3
$1,649.7
$2,085.9
Colorado $49.9
$71.3
$179.5
$156.0
$82.7
$5.4
Florida $175.7
$163.7
$308.8
$108.3
$114.5
$6.8
Georgia $294.6
$646.2
$420.8
$468.2
$751.8
$58.7
Idaho $1,036.5
$526.4
$721.2
$573.8
$513.8
$899.3
Illinois $4.6
$21.9
$37.5
$35.8
$62.0
$4.6
Indiana $87.9
$132.4
$143.7
$233.7
$139.2
$66.5
Iowa $23.8
$43.5
$60.7
$65.7
$55.6
$1.6
Kansas
$276.8
$604.7
$488.1
$363.8
$81.7
Michigan $201.9
$155.5
$354.5
$103.6
$183.0
$210.3
Minnesota $91.1
$103.9
$231.6
$190.1
$150.4
$40.8
Mississippi $359.5
$403.5
$442.1
$378.6
$415.7
$172.4
Montana
$42.4
$126.4
$85.7
$157.9
$38.1
Nebraska $418.1
$556.9
$731.2
$491.1
$412.2
$115.8
New Jersey $11.2
$19.1
$52.4
$31.5
$63.3
$67.5
New Mexico $494.0
$357.7
$191.4
$81.9
$119.9
$31.7
New York $12.9
$41.9
$121.8
$68.4
$77.3
$26.2
North Carolina $8.0
$19.6
$41.4
$35.5
$8.5
$0.6
North Dakota $410.0
$449.5
$554.0
$336.4
$240.4
$12.3
Oklahoma $114.3
$106.7
$143.6
$124.8
$229.7
$94.9
Oregon $474.6
$404.4
$596.0
$336.3
$318.7
$255.9
South Dakota
$5.9
$113.0
$56.6
$71.3
$3.1
Texas $1,650.7
$1,346.4
$771.7
$750.5
$811.7
$214.2
Washington $1.1
$150.6
$200.2
$123.1
$79.4
$6.4
Wyoming
$34.5
$131.0
$104.4
$131.7
$37.9
Other $2,442.8
$2,198.4
$3,381.4
$3,043.7
$2,974.0
$103.2
Total $11,405.7
$11,346.6
$14,203.6
$11,004.8
$10,740.1
$4,772.6
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012-2014 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), November 2014;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Other indicates Headquarters, Regional, or other non-State divisions.
• Prior to the February 7, 2014 enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014, AWEP was authorized to obligate funds to new contracts. Upon enactment, the 2014 Act authorized the use of unobligated AWEP funds remaining from 2009 through 2013 to complete implementation of contracts entered into prior to the date of enactment, including the provision of technical assistance.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

AWEP Financial Assistance Obligations,
by Fiscal Year
In thousands of dollars
Division 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Alabama $1,577.5
$1,194.8
$733.3
$982.6
$1,023.3
$23.7
Arkansas $335.8
$754.4
$1,854.7
$818.5
$850.3
$1.3
California $18,058.8
$21,124.9
$18,153.6
$12,179.4
$11,197.3
$31.8
Colorado $320.1
$941.3
$1,029.6
$702.6
$560.2
$2.9
Florida $1,165.2
$1,194.5
$758.5



Georgia $1,864.3
$1,383.2
$1,318.7
$1,332.0
$1,275.4
$0.8
Idaho $6,904.3
$3,282.3
$4,323.3
$5,619.0
$4,874.1

Illinois $55.1
$53.8


$40.3

Indiana $587.4
$1,141.4
$1,212.0
$1,530.4
$834.2
$289.1
Iowa $158.8
$85.9
$102.5
$99.0
$84.2

Kansas
$4,367.0
$4,429.8
$3,820.5
$2,688.4
$22.7
Michigan $1,484.2
$2,222.1
$3,164.9
$2,608.4
$1,649.2

Minnesota $277.3
$1,198.2
$935.1
$1,120.2
$3,290.8
$7.0
Mississippi $2,295.6
$1,874.4
$2,825.1
$2,494.0
$2,142.2

Montana
$648.8
$412.1
$411.5
$832.6
$3.3
Nebraska $2,811.7
$5,140.0
$4,684.0
$1,572.6
$3,529.1
$22.6
New Jersey $90.3
$223.8
$124.5
$61.1
$193.8
$5.8
New Mexico $3,661.0
$96.4
$27.9
$53.3
$61.2

New York $542.6
$473.7
$316.0
$380.4


North Carolina $52.1
$53.7
$83.3
$28.2


North Dakota $2,685.7
$2,577.6
$2,390.5
$867.1
$2,205.7
$69.4
Oklahoma $739.9
$888.0
$1,099.8
$527.9
$455.8
$1.2
Oregon $3,680.3
$3,013.6
$2,429.5
$2,049.1
$1,682.4

South Dakota
$85.8
$170.4

$56.1

Texas $11,049.8
$4,376.1
$5,273.8
$6,838.6
$4,585.4

Washington
$1,872.7
$631.9
$806.9
$64.6
$129.1
Wyoming
$545.1
$702.5
$850.3
$341.2

Total $60,397.7
$60,813.3
$59,187.3
$47,753.6
$44,517.8
$610.9
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, 2012-2014 data from Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI), November 2014;
2009-2011 data from Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS), December 2011.
• Prior to the February 7, 2014 enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014, AWEP was authorized to obligate funds to new contracts. Upon enactment, the 2014 Act authorized the use of unobligated AWEP funds remaining from 2009 through 2013 to complete implementation of contracts entered into prior to the date of enactment, including the provision of technical assistance.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over divisions due to rounding.

Contracts


NRCS establishes partnership agreements in approved AWEP project areas, and enters into multi-year contracts with eligible producers or landowners willing to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality. By entering into a contract, the producer or landowner agrees to apply specified conservation practices, and NRCS obligates funds to provide technical and financial assistance for planning and applying these conservation practices. The table below reports the number of active or completed AWEP contracts signed during each contract fiscal year, and the acres associated with those contracts.

The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) Maps page contains maps illustrating contracts enrolled, acres treated, and financial assistance obligated by state and year.

AWEP Contract Data by State and Fiscal Year
State 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts Number of Active and Completed Contracts Total Acres on Active and Completed Contracts
Alabama 23
3,586.3
15
2,047.2
28
2,377.8
36
3,435.2
23
2,467.2


Arkansas 17
7,486.7
40
14,843.5
64
14,415.4
28
2,559.6
14
3,712.2


California 556
50,206.0
448
80,418.7
303
69,746.1
232
37,681.1
234
48,037.1


Colorado 6
1,158.0
12
1,704.6
19
3,460.2
7
1,775.9
4
342.1


Florida 31
4,720.3
45
4,843.3
7
490.2






Georgia 263
23,981.6
123
11,205.4
151
18,160.4
199
17,755.5
171
16,916.8


Idaho 61
10,024.9
28
4,794.0
34
10,356.8
42
5,557.2
50
7,091.0


Illinois 8
1,131.6
10
949.2




5
451.5


Indiana 29
6,545.3
27
12,145.9
49
9,871.3
25
14,486.8
28
7,433.0
12
1,522.7
Iowa 10
294.9
4
166.9
9
192.0
11
195.5
6
121.5


Kansas

108
13,690.2
44
5,404.0
35
5,296.0
25
3,441.8


Michigan 30
7,801.2
25
8,021.7
38
10,084.5
40
8,333.4
34
4,071.1


Minnesota 9
70.6
28
19,641.4
42
15,203.5
47
12,048.1
107
33,831.4


Mississippi 123
27,849.3
77
20,858.8
31
5,766.6
25
3,925.2
43
5,540.3


Montana

9
1,265.0
5
746.9
5
607.6
14
1,321.0


Nebraska 82
7,774.9
130
8,868.4
106
7,385.6
57
6,032.5
126
15,485.6


New Jersey 6
594.0
11
651.0
5
379.9
3
154.3
5
133.8


New Mexico 35
91,318.0
5
59.0
2
10.0
1
74.4
4
103.1


New York 3
56.9
13
3,053.2
13
1,995.5
13
1,236.7




North Carolina 13
44.1
5
133.0
9
491.3
3
57.7




North Dakota 90
20,162.5
67
15,399.7
59
6,575.3
37
6,486.2
114
27,720.9
1
76.0
Oklahoma 13
2,017.6
17
2,707.9
22
4,559.6
10
1,907.6
9
1,317.4


Oregon 59
12,794.8
72
10,802.8
58
4,458.1
56
3,406.9
15
1,797.5


South Dakota

3
259.0
3
1,384.0


5
954.0


Texas 237
208,761.1
148
28,062.4
183
48,449.7
253
67,724.4
173
42,023.9


Washington

14
3,389.5
10
1,490.1
13
4,025.0
1
50.0


Wyoming

5
685.6
5
616.7
4
523.7
2
186.8


Total 1,704
488,380.5
1,489
270,667.2
1,299
244,071.5
1,182
205,286.6
1,212
224,551.0
13
1,598.7
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, ProTracts Program Contracts System, October 2014.
• Prior to the February 7, 2014 enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014, AWEP was authorized to obligate funds to new contracts. Upon enactment, the 2014 Act authorized the use of unobligated AWEP funds remaining from 2009 through 2013 to complete implementation of contracts entered into prior to the date of enactment, including the provision of technical assistance.
• Totals may not exactly match sum over states due to rounding.

Conservation Practice Implementation

Conservation practices are planned and applied at the land unit level. The land unit is the smallest unit of land that has a permanent or contiguous boundary, a common land cover and land management, and a common owner or a common producer. The following tables include data for the fiscal years covered by the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (Farm Bill), 2009 through 2014.

As conservation practices are measured in different units (acres, feet, square feet, etc.), the challenge for reporting performance at various levels is how to aggregate across practices. Although practices may affect resources beyond the land unit boundary, or be applied only on part of the land unit, the land unit does provide a common metric to aggregate over practices since each applied practice is associated with a specific land unit. Analysis of the data reveals that most practices are measured in acres and most of the practice applied amounts match the land unit acres of the field on which the practice was applied. Therefore, land unit acreage is the metric on which the acres of land receiving conservation treatment are calculated.

The data presented in this section reflect the fiscal year in which conservation practices were applied, which can occur at any point during the duration of the AWEP contract. Totals presented here are not comparable to program enrollment acres or contract acres.


Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation

The following table summarizes land unit acres by fiscal year. Here, land unit acres are counted once when the program has been used to apply one or more practices on that land unit in a given fiscal year. Therefore, land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count),
by Fiscal Year
AWEP Practices
State 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Alabama



649
14
2,704
47
3,740
56
2,123
31
Arkansas

13
1
3,331
31
3,561
61
4,739
84
3,026
59
California 4,241
39
32,072
899
58,631
1,311
67,775
1,248
65,666
987
63,399
890
Colorado 231
6
1,090
12
1,897
47
4,338
82
3,195
74
2,721
66
Florida

1,802
41
2,059
50
1,843
30
2,441
24
40
6
Georgia 308
10
9,540
123
12,542
152
11,331
168
12,083
160
22,294
326
Idaho

2,015
96
3,234
113
2,735
116
2,692
157
6,718
257
Illinois 86
2
589
13
755
8
366
10
175
6
369
11
Indiana 722
46
4,541
130
14,006
325
17,729
657
19,879
955
24,640
1,189
Iowa 1,554
26
2,455
110
3,213
116
2,053
72
1,514
71
278
16
Kansas

6
1
12,878
173
8,753
131
8,387
109
17,665
273
Michigan 45
6
1,095
68
6,409
583
5,769
346
9,290
771
13,214
1,221
Minnesota 250
7
874
25
7,416
203
15,342
251
39,712
589
15,497
315
Mississippi 24
2
9,015
261
10,311
311
13,430
277
13,009
393
8,662
461
Montana



2,524
37
1,442
22
3,017
21
3,534
69
Nebraska 1,806
44
8,434
400
12,060
703
13,152
640
13,950
551
28,497
820
New Jersey

380
29
817
87
331
32
463
74
343
49
New Mexico

55,090
79
1,628
103
43,423
35
234
15
18
3
New York

18
5
10
6
2,958
377
1,750
196
5,793
733
North Carolina 2
2
79
15
111
6
271
18
373
18


North Dakota

16,273
319
14,072
243
14,516
349
22,718
389
27,295
449
Oklahoma 838
31
5,932
72
5,916
82
9,731
65
4,911
60
2,878
31
Oregon 1,816
6
16,128
315
8,660
461
14,280
745
7,031
635
9,532
511
South Dakota

498
7
3,057
48
288
12
167
2
475
6
Texas 2,705
21
198,810
718
48,007
380
57,918
496
53,275
458
22,553
187
Washington



292
14
7,625
173
4,027
140
7,264
173
Wyoming



424
5
1,178
23
1,659
21
1,302
15
Total 14,629
248
366,749
3,739
234,909
5,612
324,838
6,483
300,097
7,016
290,129
8,167
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2014.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation by Practice

The following set of chart/table combinations present conservation practice data grouped by purpose: Irrigation Efficiency and Water Quality. Any practices not included in one of these groups are included in an All Other category. Data for practices in the All Other category can be downloaded in the Farm Bill Conservation Programs Profile csv file.

Note that there is some overlap between these groupings, since some practices address multiple resource concerns. Here land unit acres are counted each time a practice is applied on that land unit in the fiscal year. Therefore land unit acres may be counted multiple times across practices, practice groupings, and fiscal years. To learn more about specific conservation practices, see the National Handbook of Conservation Practices.


Conservation Practices Related to Irrigation Efficiency

The following chart and table includes practices that are related to Irrigation Efficiency. The goal of these practices is to assist in properly designing, installing and maintaining irrigation systems to ensure uniform and efficient distribution of water, thereby conserving water and protecting water resources. Note that pumping plant (533) installation is only counted when applied on cropland or hay land.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation, FY 2009-2014

Only practices representing a significant portion of the total for the period are included in the above chart. Practices not included are summed into the All Other category.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) by Fiscal Year
AWEP Irrigation Efficiency Practices
Practice Name Practice Code 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Irrigation Canal or Lateral 320







136
3


Irrigation Ditch Lining 428

139
11
342
20
289
17
32
1
83
3
Irrigation Pipeline 430 1,840
14
43,465
444
39,184
401
34,431
392
30,769
375
22,228
422
Irrigation Reservoir 436

1,129
20
3,131
22
1,372
25
1,314
22
1,585
31
Irrigation System, Microirrigation 441 387
6
13,883
287
17,518
404
17,489
371
13,957
284
11,404
248
Sprinkler System 442 1,136
8
48,928
486
42,540
423
41,761
433
39,810
424
30,884
323
Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface 443 104
1
3,713
15
464
35
1,845
29
753
21
3,871
20
Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery 447 286
3
705
5
526
11
1,565
20
687
9
439
3
Irrigation Water Management 449 174
5
13,446
269
51,193
812
56,038
1,011
62,955
1,130
74,943
1,247
Irrigation Land Leveling 464

1,081
32
950
16
2,181
44
2,460
45
3,330
72
Pumping Plant 533

8,230
70
19,534
171
13,839
140
7,646
107
7,583
119
Structure for Water Control 587

11,920
181
32,728
278
36,160
282
29,009
295
23,233
261
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2014.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

The following table includes program information under which the above practices related to Irrigation Efficiency were applied. These data reflect the geographic extent of land treated to improve irrigation efficiency by each conservation program during a fiscal year. Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years, but are only counted once per fiscal year.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) Fiscal Year
AWEP Irrigation Efficiency Practices
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Land Unit Acres treated by at least one practice 2,850
37
93,766
1,820
130,406
2,593
144,531
2,764
143,639
2,716
137,313
2,749
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2014.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

Conservation Practices Related to Water Quality

The following chart and table includes practices that are related to Water Quality. Water quality is an indicator of the health of our environment and reflects what occurs on the land. The primary water quality issues from agriculture are sediment, nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and in some parts of the country, salinity. Using conservation practices to improve land in an environmentally sound manner will result in better water quality for drinking, recreation, wildlife, fisheries and industry.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation, FY 2009-2014

Only practices representing a significant portion of the total for the period are included in the above chart. Practices not included are summed into the All Other category.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) by Fiscal Year
AWEP Water Quality Practices
Practice Name Practice Code 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Waste Storage Facility 313

15
1
12
2
152
8
81
6
20
3
Composting Facility 317 28
1
102
4
6
1
113
4
103
2


Conservation Cover 327 138
3
587
7
621
15
1,092
20
393
25
331
13
Conservation Crop Rotation 328 1,999
48
8,655
204
21,243
347
15,753
395
22,198
468
30,744
680
Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till 329 297
5
1,250
16
9,861
160
15,351
316
24,435
500
22,265
452
Contour Farming 330 56
1


14
2
28
1




Contour Buffer Strips 332 48
1
53
1
45
2






Cover Crop 340 561
20
6,885
197
15,637
403
20,278
431
33,069
576
32,310
791
Critical Area Planting 342 271
5
711
22
776
46
1,298
30
1,573
36
829
17
Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till 345 149
2
2,634
46
4,800
57
4,815
72
5,271
83
8,508
111
Sediment Basin 350

182
6
111
2




21
1
Water Well Decommissioning 351



1,421
3
230
10
125
2
19
4
Waste Facility Closure 360

15
1
4
1
4
2
5
1


Diversion 362

4
1
5
2
64
3
494
4


Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment 380 2
1
100
5
132
10
236
17
4,800
37
776
11
Riparian Herbaceous Cover 390





14
1
21
1


Riparian Forest Buffer 391



4
2
29
1
21
1
8
1
Filter Strip 393 43
1
103
1
46
3
96
3
179
5
156
6
Stream Habitat Improvement and Management 395







79
1
401
8
Grade Stabilization Structure 410 15
1
217
6
218
3
4,149
17
1,233
17
2,174
26
Grassed Waterway 412 466
4
520
9
761
8
343
4
18
1
49
2
Irrigation System, Microirrigation 441 387
6
13,883
287
17,518
404
17,489
371
13,957
284
11,404
248
Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery 447 286
3
705
5
526
11
1,565
20
687
9
439
3
Irrigation Water Management 449 174
5
13,446
269
51,193
812
56,038
1,011
62,955
1,130
74,943
1,247
Access Control 472 2,101
11
14,056
35
2,654
11
2,351
17
190
4
64
2
Mulching 484

69
11
126
10
1,777
41
5,840
46
1,813
22
Prescribed Grazing 528 160
4
6,875
42
6,860
136
8,540
122
3,390
114
13,758
155
Roof Runoff Structure 558

125
7
83
4
117
25
82
7
40
7
Access Road 560

3
1
3,716
3
80
3
363
1


Heavy Use Area Protection 561 20
1
1,510
51
3,960
64
1,225
44
2,599
55
6,788
93
Stream Crossing 578

92
8
78
2
34
2




Streambank and Shoreline Protection 580





188
6
371
2


Stripcropping 585





303
3




Structure for Water Control 587

11,920
181
32,728
278
36,160
282
29,009
295
23,233
261
Nutrient Management 590 378
12
9,367
87
7,956
315
20,337
911
21,960
912
32,664
1,607
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 595 586
14
6,062
83
8,509
270
12,562
294
15,686
541
20,733
657
Terrace 600 305
5
861
23
1,069
14
571
12
908
16
179
6
Tree/Shrub Establishment 612 9
2
41
5
3
1
11
1
119
5
14
3
Waste Treatment 629

125
2


6
1




Waste Recycling 633

12,810
344
4,553
126
1,235
26
693
17
497
26
Waste Transfer 634 4
1
1,648
41
1,280
29
1,622
34
2,835
38
858
20
Water and Sediment Control Basin 638

94
7
1,085
20
1,670
20
2,084
26
2,254
16
Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation 650



125
2


547
6
41
3
Wetland Restoration 657

14
1
139
1




96
1
Wetland Creation 658 198
2










Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2014.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

The following table includes program information under which the above practices related to Water Quality were applied. These data reflect the geographic extent of land treated with water quality practices by each conservation program during a fiscal year. Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years, but are only counted once per fiscal year.

Land Unit Acres Receiving Conservation (including practice count) Fiscal Year
AWEP Water Quality Practices
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count Acres Count
Land Unit Acres treated by at least one practice 7,982
159
93,766
2,017
151,089
3,582
178,875
4,581
205,740
5,274
215,788
6,503
Notes:
• Data Source: USDA-NRCS, National Conservation Planning Database, November 2014.
• Land unit acres may be counted multiple times across fiscal years.

More Information

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Financial Management Modernization Initiative (FMMI) November 2014
Foundation Financial Information System (FFIS) December 2011
ProTracts Program Contracts System October 2014
National Conservation Planning Database November 2014
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