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NRCS to Offer Financial Assistance to Protect Calleguas Creek Watershed

CONTACT:
Dawn Afman (805) 984-2358, ex. 101
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653                                                                                                                                            

Landowners to receive targeted funding to improve water quality

VENTURA, Calif., May 16, 2014 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will offer financial assistance to agricultural operations to improve water quality in Calleguas Creek Watershed. This is the third year that the NRCS National Water Quality Initiative is providing accelerated assistance to landowners in this watershed.

“NRCS California is proud to again participate in this national campaign to improve on-farm water quality in Calleguas Creek Watershed,” said Carlos Suarez, NRCS California state conservationist.

Using funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to farmers to install conservation practices to protect water quality and assist in complying with regulations.  Eligible practices offered 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.

Interested applicants have until June 20, 2014, to submit an application for consideration. In addition to Calleguas Creek, California is also providing national water quality funding for a watershed in Humboldt County.

Interested farmers and ranchers in Ventura County should contact Dawn Afman at (805) 984-2358 Ext 101. For Spanish, please dial Ext 104. In order to be considered eligible for financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, the applicant must have a vested interest in production agricultural and meet other program eligibility requirements.

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 www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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