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NRCS to Offer Financial Assistance to Protect Salt River Watershed

CONTACT: 
Jon Shultz (707) 442-6058, ex. 108
Jonathan Groveman (530) 792-5692

Landowners to receive targeted funding to improve water quality

HUMBOLDT, Calif., April 17, 2014–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California will offer financial assistance to agricultural operations to improve water quality in the Salt River 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 the Salt River Watershed,” said Carlos Suarez, NRCS California state conservationist.

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.  Eligible practices for animal feeding operations include those listed in the operators comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) and for permanent and annual crops practices include nutrient management, irrigation water management and other irrigation system efficiency improvements.

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.

Interested applicants have until May 16, 2014, to submit an application for consideration. In addition to Salt River, California is also providing national water quality funding for a watershed in Ventura County.

Interested farmers and ranchers in farmers and ranchers in Humboldt County should contact Jon Shultz at (707) 442-6058 Ext 108.  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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