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News - $500,000 Available to Improve On-Farm Water Resources in Solano County

Natural Resources Conservation Service - News Release

$500,000 Available to Improve On-Farm Water Resources in Solano County

Applications are due by March 15, 2013, for funding consideration

Contact:
Wendy Rash (707) 678-1655

DIXON, Calif., January 24, 2013—The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set March 15 as the deadline to apply for financial assistance to address critical water quality issues in Solano County. This funding is anticipated to help eligible farmers implement water quality and irrigation efficiency practices in select Cache Slough Complex watersheds.

"This funding will assist local farmers address issues that have been a priority in our watersheds for years," said Wendy Rash, NRCS district conservationist in Dixon. "This is a great opportunity for farmers and ranchers to save irrigation water, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on their land, which improves the environment for everyone."

This financial assistance is being made available through the Bay Delta Initiative (BDI), which was created in 2011 to help farmers in California’s central valley apply enhanced water quality-improvement practices on their land through a multi-year process. BDI is one of a dozen national initiatives aimed at assisting farmers to put added conservation practices on the ground using a landscape-level approach. The approved watersheds in Solano County were identified in Fiscal Year 2013 to receive BDI funds to accomplish local goals over the next few years.

This funding will help growers in the Cache Slough, Putah Creek South, and the Yolo Bypass watersheds reduce non-recoverable water losses on-farm, and to reduce nutrient, sediment and chemical loads at the edge of fields. BDI funding will also be used to enhance or establish native riparian habitat, remove invasive plant species, and provide critical habitat protection for federally and California state-listed Species of Concern. Additionally, this effort will support the work of the Dixon-Solano Water Quality Coalition and local Resource Conservation Districts to improve water quality and local wildlife habitat.

Interested farmers in Solano County should visit the NRCS Service Center in Dixon, located at 1170 N. Lincoln St., Suite 110, Dixon, CA 95620 or call (707) 678-1655.

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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