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NRCS Announces National Water Quality Initiative Conservation in Kentucky

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christy Morgan, Acting Public Affairs Specialist (news release) or Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist (technical programmatic questions).

Agricultural producers located in priority watersheds will be able to participate.

Lexington, KY, January 31, 2014— Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Acting State Conservationist Clifford Thornton announced the continuation of the National Water Quality Initiative in the targeted watersheds that were selected in 2012.  

“The landowners in these watersheds are taking the necessary steps to improve impaired waterways so we want to continue to support their efforts,” said Thornton.

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS provides funding and advice to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.

The watersheds approved for this initiative in Kentucky are the Lower Cumberland - Bennettstown Little River in Christian and Trigg Counties, Lower Kentucky - Clarks Run in Boyle County, and South Fork Licking - Headwaters Hinkston Creek in Montgomery and Bath Counties.  

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Contact your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed.  Applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by April 18, 2014.

Since 1935, NRCS’s nationwide conservation delivery system works with private landowners to put conservation on the ground based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests. For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Kentucky visit us online at     


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