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NRCS provides assistance for agricultural producers to improve water quality

Media Contact:  Christy Morgan, NRCS, 859-224-7363

Lexington, Ky, May 30, 2014. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is extending the deadline for landowners in select watersheds to receive assistance through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

The watersheds approved for this initiative in Kentucky are the Lower Cumberland - Bennettstown Little River in Christian and Trigg Counties, Lower Kentucky - Clarks Run in Boyle County, and South Fork Licking - Headwaters Hinkston Creek in Montgomery and Bath Counties.  

Eligible landowners will receive assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Programfor voluntarily installing conservation systems that help avoid, trap and control run-off in these high-priority watersheds. These practices may include nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring.

 “This targeted approach provides a way to accelerate voluntary, private lands conservation investments to improve water quality and to focus water quality monitoring and assessment funds where they are most needed,” acting State Conservationist Tony Nott said. “When hundreds of farms take action in one area, one watershed, it can make a difference — it can stop an algae bloom downstream or keep bacteria from reaching a drinking water source.”

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Contact your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed.  Applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by July 18, 2014.

“The collaborative goal is to ensure people and wildlife have clean, safe water,” said Nott. “Water quality improvement takes time, but by working together and leveraging our technical and financial assistance, we are better able to help farmers and ranchers take voluntary actions in improving water quality while maintaining or improving agricultural productivity.”

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