News - NRCS Invests $1 Million to Protect Calleguas Creek Watershed
NRCS Invests $1 Million to Protect Calleguas Creek Watershed
Landowners to receive targeted funding to improve water quality
Dawn Afman (805) 984-2358, ex. 101
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653
DAVIS, Calif., May 8, 2013—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will invest $1 million to improve water quality in the Calleguas Creek. This is the second year that the NRCS National Water Quality Initiative is providing accelerated assistance to landowners in this watershed.
"NRCS California is proud to participate in this national campaign to improve on-farm water quality in Calleguas Creek watershed," said Carlos Suarez, NRCS California state conservationist. "Working hand-in-hand with eligible landowners and our conservation partners, our goal is to keep the water clean and protected." Suarez added that in addition to Calleguas Creek, California is also providing national water quality funding for a watershed in Humboldt County.
Using funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to farmers to install best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality and assist in complying with regulations. A few of the eligible practices farmers may access include drainage water management, nutrient management, irrigation water management and vegetative lined ditches to absorb pesticides and capture nutrients.
The Calleguas Creek watershed covers 343 square miles in Ventura County and includes the Arroyos Simi and Las Posas, Conejo Creek and the Revlon Slough. These tributaries form Calleguas Creek and empty into the Mugu Lagoon, which is a system of salt-water marshes, tidal pools and duck ponds, with a bay adjoining the Pacific Ocean. The watershed has supported a thriving agriculture industry for over a century with strawberries as the number one crop followed by celery, raspberries, lemons and avocados.
Completed applications will be screened and ranked in two batches on June 21 and July 12, 2013. Applications received by June 21 will receive first priority; if additional funds remain, applications received by July 12 may also be funded.
Eligible farmers and ranchers in Ventura County should contact Dawn Afman at (805) 984-2358, ex. 101.
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