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Idaho Water Quality Initiative


The Water Quality Initiative was designed to address two primary water quality concerns in small watersheds:

- Excessive nutrients and organic in surface water and
- Excessive suspended sediment and turbidity in surface water

Application Period 1: From Tuesday, May 8 through Friday, May 18, 2012.  All eligible "High" priority applications received by the deadline of May 18, 2012 will be ranked and be preapproved for funding.

Application Period 2: From Monday, May 21, 2012 to Friday, June 15, 2012.  All eligible "High" or "Medium" priority applications received by the deadline of June 15, 2012, including any unfunded "High" priority applications from the first application period, will be ranked and be preapproved for funding.

Conservation Practices:

Through the initiative, NRCS is encouraging producers to implement a system of practices that addresses the priority resource concerns through avoiding, controlling, or trapping pollutants.  Conservation practice examples include:

Conservation Practices Avoiding Controlling Trapping
Conservation Cover X    
Conservation Crop Rotation X    
Contour Buffer Strips     X
Cover Crop X    
Irrigation System, Microirrigation X    
Irrigation System, Sprinkler X    
Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface X    
Nutrient Management X    
Prescribed Grazing X    
Range Planting   X  
Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till   X  
Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed   X  
Streambank and Shoreline Protection X    
Terrace   X  
Tree/Shrub Establishment X    
Vegetative Buffer     X
Water and Sediment Control Basin   X X


Target Watersheds Map:

Photo of Dixie Sough, Lower Sand Hollow Creek and Outlet Boise River watersheds.