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NRCS Invests $700,000 to Protect the Salt River Watershed

Landowners to receive targeted funding to improve water quality

Jon Shultz (707) 442-6058, ex. 108
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653

HUMBOLDT, Calif., May 8, 2013—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will invest $700,000 to improve water quality in the Salt River. 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 the Salt River 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 Salt River, California is also providing national water quality funding for a watershed in Ventura County.

Using funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to farmers to install best management practices 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 Salt River watershed covers 44 square miles in Humboldt County and includes Williams Creek, Francis Creek, Russ Creek, and smaller tributaries. These tributaries form the Salt River, which empties into the Eel River estuary four miles north of the City of Ferndale. The watershed supports fresh water and estuary habitat for Coho and Chinook salmon, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead Trout, and many other freshwater and marine fisheries.

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 Humboldt County should contact Jon Shultz at (707) 442-6058, ex. 108.

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


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