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Funding for Water Quality Monitoring on Farms Now Available

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

6013 Lakeside Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46278
www.in.nrcs.usda.gov

Indianapolis, IN May 9, 2013—Roger Kult, Acting State Conservationist for Indiana’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that sign up has begun for a new project to monitor water quality on agricultural fields in targeted areas throughout the state.

Kult said, “NRCS is seeking producers to sign up by June 14th to monitor the water quality benefits of a variety of conservation practices, such as no-till, cover crops, grassed water ways, etc. on their land. The data from the monitoring will show the impacts of voluntary conservation practices on water quality, and will be used to validate NRCS water quality modeling efforts that will benefit agriculture across the nation. The results will also be used to help farmers adapt their management to gain even greater water quality benefits that are compatible with agriculture production goals.”

The following watersheds have been approved for potential edge-of-field monitoring projects: Eagle Creek (Hendricks and Boone Counties), Eel (Miami, Wabash, and Kosciusko Counties); Matson-St. Joe, Maumee Watershed (DeKalb County) and Upper East Fork White (Bartholomew, Jennings, and Decatur Counties).

A key component of this project is a close relationship with several partners which include Indiana University, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Manchester College and the Agricultural Research Service. These groups will assist NRCS with monitoring activities within their respective watershed once landowners are approved and equipment has been installed.

Kult says, “These projects will support the good conservation work and give producers the feedback on the many positive impacts they are making.” He adds, “All data from monitoring will be protected and details will be shared only as authorized by the producer.”

Funding for these projects comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for monitoring projects in 12-digit priority watersheds which have been targeted for funding. The watersheds are associated with NRCS’s national initiatives: Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

NRCS accepts applications for funding assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. If you live in one of the counties listed above, check with your local NRCS office www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/directory/field_offices.html, to see if you are located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration for the edge of field monitoring project must be received by June 14, 2013. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to http://www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.

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Roger Kult, Acting State Conservationist, 317.295.5801 (roger.kult@in.usda.gov)
Jerry Roach, Assistant State Conservationist, 317.295.5820 (jerry.roach@in.usda.gov)
Rebecca Fletcher, State Public Affairs Specialist, 317.295.5825 (rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov)

 

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