NRCS Announces Additional Watersheds for the National Water Quality Initiative
Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2013
Agricultural Producers located in Vermilion County priority watersheds will be able to participate
Champaign, IL, May 3, 2013 — Illinois State Conservationist, Ivan Dozier, announced additional funding for new priority watersheds in Vermilion County for the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) for fiscal year 2013. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative and make financial and technical assistance available to farmers and forest landowners to improve water quality in priority watersheds. Illinois farmers and forest landowners in the three Vermilion County NWQI watersheds have until May 17, 2013 to submit an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) application.
Vermilion County Priority NWQI Watersheds:
Lake Vermilion Watershed - 17,656 acres
Lake De Revey – 19,168 acres
Painter Creek – 22,775 acres
The three priority watersheds in Vermilion County cover approximately 60,000 acres. Eligible producers with concerns such as soil erosion and water quality can apply for funds through EQIP to install conservation practices such as cover crops, grassed waterways, terraces, and water and sediment control basins on their land.
While NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis, Illinois NRCS will have an application cutoff date for the Vermilion County NWQI watersheds on May 17, 2013. If funds allow, there will be an additional application cutoff on June 21, 2013.
To apply, eligible producers should contact District Conservationist, Erin Busscher, at the Vermilion County NRCS Field Office at (217) 442-8511 ext 3.
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