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NRCS Announces Signup for National Water Quality Initiative in Alabama

Agricultural Producers located in priority watersheds will be able to participate.

Auburn, Ala., April 25, 2014 -

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Dr. William Puckett announced the National Water Quality Initiative to help improve four impaired waterways in Alabama.  NRCS will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the selected watersheds.

“The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” Puckett said.  “This initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges.  It bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway.”

Through this effort, eligible producers in Cross Creek-Upper Scarham Creek (DeKalb County); and Cox Mill Creek-Hurricane Creek (Geneva County) will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. The selected watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the NRCS State Technical Committee.

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advice to producers on installing conservation practices such as cover crops, dry stacks, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality. 

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if your property is located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by May 16, 2014.  This summer, NRCS will notify applicants of the results and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.

For more information about NRCS programs, initiatives, and services in Alabama, visit us online at:  www.al.nrcs.usda.gov.