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Funding for Water Quality Monitoring on Farms Now Available

Monitoring Station, Williston Cattle Company, Williston VermontColchester, VERMONT May 28, 2013—Vicky M. Drew, State Conservationist for Vermont’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that sign up has begun for a new project to monitor water quality on agricultural fields in targeted areas throughout the state. 

Drew said, “NRCS is seeking producers to sign up by June 14th to monitor the water quality benefits of a variety of conservation practices 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.”

Vermont watersheds from the following counties have been approved for potential edge-of-field monitoring project: Franklin, Chittenden, Addison, Rutland, Washington and Orleans. If you live in one of these counties, check with your local USDA Service Centerto determine if you are located in a selected watershed, http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/vt/contact/local/.

A key component of this project is a close relationship with several partners which include the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Drew says, “These projects will support the good conservation work and give producers the feedback on the many positive impacts they are making.”

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. Some of the selected watersheds in this project are associated with additional funding through NRCS’s National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).  

NRCS accepts applications for funding assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. All applications for the edge of field monitoring project must be received by June 14, 2013 to be considered for funding this year. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/vt/programs/.

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