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Lower Snake River Area Eligible for Conservation Funding

Eligible producers are encouraged to apply for assistance by February 15, 2013

Contact:
Alan Atkins (530) 674-1461, ex. 127
Alan Forkey (530) 792-5653

DAVIS, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is making $1.6 million available to agricultural producers in the Lower Snake River Watershed in Sutter County for water quality and water conservation projects. Applications are due by February 15, 2013.

This financial assistance is being made available through the Bay Delta Initiative (BDI), which was created in 2011 to provide voluntary incentives to farmers to apply enhanced water quality-improvement practices on their land and help improve the Bay Delta ecosystem. 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. Additionally, this effort will support the work of the Butte-Yuba-Sutter Water Coalition, local Resource Conservation Districts and other partners to improve water quality and local wildlife habitat.

The Lower Snake River focus area is within the Sutter County section of the Lower Feather River Watershed that drains to the Lower Snake River and Wadsworth Canal. The focus area boundaries are defined as east of the Sutter Buttes and north of Yuba City to the Butte County line. This initiative provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers who are willing to improve irrigation systems; implement irrigation water management; and adopt vegetative filtering practices on irrigated cropland.

The Lower Snake River - Sutter County Irrigated Cropland Water Quality and Conservation Management Program is targeted specifically to irrigated agricultural operations that have the capacity to adopt and apply:

  • Water conservation on irrigated cropland, including orchards with emphasis on improved irrigation systems and irrigation water management
  • Water quality improvements on irrigated cropland and orchards with emphasis on improved pest management and erosion control

The primary practices needed in order to accomplish the resource goals are agriculture irrigation conversions from flood to micro and/or sprinkler systems, irrigation water management, and vegetative orchard floor cover crops.

Eligible producers who submit applications and other required documents by close of business on February 15, 2013, will be considered for this Fiscal Year 2013 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.

For additional information, eligible producers are encouraged to contact the NRCS Service Center in Yuba City, 1511 Butte House Road, Suite B, Yuba City, CA 95993, or call 530-674-1461.

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