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National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

We Care About Water Quality


USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service supports the voluntary actions of farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to improve water quality.  Through the water quality focused efforts, eligible producers will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation practices such as riparian buffers, conservation tillage, irrigation water management, soil moisture monitoring in selected watershed locations.

Selected NWQI Project Areas Receiving Funding in Fiscal Year 2013

Areas still to be determined.

More Information

NRCS National Water Quality Initiative Website


Steve Smarik, Resource Conservationist
EQIP Program Manager
Phone: (602) 280-8785

Dennis Kimberlin, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: (602) 280-8800