NRCS Receives Additional Funding for Water Quality Initiative in Missouri
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of additional funding for the second year of an initiative to improve water quality in three watersheds in Missouri.
Landowners in the three watersheds have until April 18 to apply for assistance through their local NRCS offices. The watersheds include: Lower Little Medicine (Grundy and Sullivan counties in northern Missouri); Upper Troublesome (Knox and Lewis counties in northeastern Missouri); and Opossum Creek-North Fork Spring River (Jasper and Barton counties in southwestern Missouri).
NRCS will make $837,000 available this year to help farmers, ranchers and forestland owners in those watersheds install conservation practices that manage nutrients, pathogens and sediments. Funding comes through the agency’s National Water Quality Initiative.
Eligible producers will receive assistance for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces, and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring.
“This initiative provides an opportunity for farmers in the project areas to do even more to improve the quality of their local water sources,” says State Conservationist J.R. Flores. “It’s also a good opportunity for farmers to try a conservation practice that maybe they haven’t tried before, like cover crops.”
Flores says NRCS will work with landowners with approved applications to determine how alternative conservation systems they are considering will impact water quality improvement. Additionally, state water quality agencies and other partners will do in-stream and watershed-level monitoring to track water quality improvements in the project watersheds.
NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year, but applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by April 18.
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