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$157,000 Set Aside for Conservation in Anchorage Bowl and Cottonwood Creek


$157,000 Set Aside for Conservation in Anchorage Bowl and Cottonwood Creek
 

Landowners and Tenants Encouraged to Apply

Palmer, Apr. 30, 2013 - USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is making nearly $35 million in financial assistance available nationwide for 165 priority watersheds. In Alaska, $157,000 is set aside for the two watersheds. The selected watersheds are the Anchorage Bowl and Cottonwood Creek in Wasilla. The goal is to implement conservation practices and improve water quality.

NRCS worked with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to select these watersheds where conservation investments will deliver the greatest water quality improvement benefits. Interested landowners will select conservation projects to address excess nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment or pathogens. Hobby farmers, gardeners, and owners of small animals or horses all can gain from this initiative.

 “These are voluntary efforts focused in watersheds where conservation on privately owned property can yield results for locally important waters,” said NRCS Acting Chief Jason Weller. “When landowners work to improve water quality, they help provide the nation with clean waterways, safe drinking water and healthy habitat for fish and wildlife.”

 Eligible landowners or tenants will receive financial assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for installing conservation practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, filter strips, and livestock waste management. Anyone in the Anchorage Bowl or Cottonwood Creek watershed with horses, chickens, goats, or even large gardens should look into this program. In the Anchorage Bowl call Mitch Michaud at (907) 283-8732 ex 105 and in the Cottonwood Creek watershed in Wasilla call Keith Griswold at (907) 373-6492 ex 101.

 “The quality of our nation’s water affects so much. Across the nation landowners are actively and voluntarily using conservation systems to improve water quality,” said Weller.

 For more information on NWQI read here: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/financial/eqip/?cid=stelprdb1047761

For information regarding NRCS technical service or program participation, contact an NRCS Office. Alaska NRCS Northern Hub Office in Fairbanks: (907) 479-3159, Alaska NRCS Southern Hub Office in Kenai: (907) 283-8732, and the State Office in Palmer: (907) 761-7760. Contact information for offices in Alaska is also available at www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/fieldoffices.html.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

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