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Natural Resources Conservation Service - News Release

Walker Creek Area Eligible for New Conservation Funding

Contacts:
Rob Vlach (530) 934-4601, ex 101
Anita Brown (530) 792-5644

DAVIS, Calif., March 29, 2012—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the Colusa Glenn Subwatershed Program’s Walker Creek Watershed Represented Area located in Glenn County is one of four new focus areas where $8.5 million will be made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help producers undertake water quality and water conservation projects. Applications are due April 20, 2012.

This funding is made possible through an NRCS national landscape conservation initiative that is providing voluntary incentives to farmers and dairy producers to help improve the Bay Delta ecosystem. In the Walker Creek Watershed Represented Area, NRCS will provide support to producers to fund targeted implementation of water quality and water conservation practices on eligible irrigated agricultural operations.

The initiative is available to irrigated agricultural operations within the Walker Creek, Colusa Drain and Sacramento River Watershed areas located in Glenn County and will provide financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in the target area who are willing to improve water quality by implementing conservation practices on agricultural operations.

The program specifically targets irrigated agricultural operations that have the capacity to adopt and apply:

  • Management practices to improve water quality with emphasis on improved pest management and nutrient management
  • Vegetative and structural practices to improve water quality
  • Practices to increase irrigation efficiency with emphasis on improved irrigation water management

Eligible producers who submit applications and other required documents by close of business on April 20, 2012, will be considered for this Fiscal Year 2012 funding cycle. Funding decisions will be made according to the highest priority list of screened and ranked applications available at that time. Applications will continue to be accepted after this deadline, but ranking and funding decisions will be deferred until the next funding cycle.

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935. For more information on NRCS, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/home.

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