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.
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 Crop Rotation
Contour Buffer Strips
Irrigation System, Microirrigation
Irrigation System, Sprinkler
Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface
Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till
Residue and Tillage Management, No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed