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National Water Quality Initiative

A farmer knifes in manure in Hardin County.Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), NRCS is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with impaired streams. NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces.

Sign-up Cutoff Dates
Although EQIP and NWQI are continuous signup programs, Iowa NRCS occasionally establishes cutoff dates for applicants. For fiscal year 2016, the first application cutoff date is Oct. 16, 2015. A second application cutoff deadline has been established for March 18, 2016. Additional application batching dates may be established if necessary.


Iowa Priority Watershed Maps and Management Plans

Additional Resources

Paul Goldsmith, 515-284-4353