NRCS Announces National Water Quality Initiative Conservation in Iowa
Agricultural producers located in priority watersheds will be able to participate
Des Moines, Iowa, May 8, 2012 — State Conservationist Richard Sims announced the launch of a newNational Water Quality Initiative committed to improving three impaired waterways in Iowa. Managed by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the initiative will provide funds to farmers in the selected watersheds for implementing conservation practices.
"The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS' partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands," said Sims. "This focused approach bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway."
Through this effort, eligible producers in the Lower South Fork Chariton River, Badger Creek, and Wall Lake Inlet (Black Hawk Lake) Watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. The selected watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the NRCS State Technical Committee. The project area includes parts of Sac, Carroll, Dallas, Madison, Warren, Wayne and Appanoose counties.
Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial assistance and advice to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, grade stabilization structures, and terraces in impaired watersheds.
"American farmers are good stewards of the environment, especially when they have the tools they need to protect or improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality," said NRCS Chief Dave White. "We look forward to collaborating with producers in key watersheds to help them have a positive impact on streams with impaired water quality."
NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Remember to check with yourlocal NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration, during this fiscal year, must be received by June 15, 2012. NRCS will notify all applicants about the results this summer and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.
Visitwww.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/nwqi.html to view statewide and individual NWQI watershed maps.
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