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Building on ongoing collaborative efforts in the Mississippi River Basin, Chesapeake Bay and other geographic initiatives, NRCS is investing in water quality conservation through state and local conservation partners in one to three critical sub-watersheds in each state. 

News Release: USDA Invests in High-Priority Watersheds to Improve Water Quality - Florida Application Deadline is April 15 

Farmers and ranchers in these watersheds can apply until April 15 for technical and financial assistance to adopt conservation practices that improve water quality, such as improving soil nutrient management, planting cover crops, using conservation cropping systems, establishing filter strips and monitoring water quality.

Florida Watersheds:

  • Deep Creek Watershed

  • Clarks Creek Watershed

Lower St. Johns River - within portions of Putnam and St. Johns Counties.
Contact:  Lakeisha Barber, District Conservationist, 386-328-2908, x3

map of Lower St Johns River watershed


Deep Creek and Clarks Creek Watersheds



  • Little Scurlock Creek

Lower Choctawhatchee River - within portions of Jackson and Washington Counties. 
Contact: Mary Jane Nelson, district conservationist, 850-526-2610, x3



Little Scurlock Creek Watershed 








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