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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Sponsors Public Meeting in Star City on the National Water Quality Initiative

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., - The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is sponsoring a public meeting regarding the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) project in portions of Jefferson and Lincoln counties at 10 a.m. March 25 at the C&L Electric Company, 900 Church Street, in Star City. The meeting will inform producers about the NWQI which is designed to assist them in improving the water quality in three impaired watersheds in the project area.

“The Water Quality Initiative furthers NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” said Mike Sullivan, NRCS state conservationist. “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 Cousart Bayou-Little Cypress Bayou, Upper Deep Bayou and Lower Deep Bayou watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. The selected watersheds were identified with help from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC), Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts (AACD), University of Arkansas and other partners.

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, land leveling, irrigation water management and tailwater recovery systems 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 you are located in a selected watershed. The 2014 application deadline has not been set, but will be forthcoming.