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National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

Applications deadline for fiscal year 2015 funding is March 20, 2015. Contact your local USDA Service Center for more information.

The National Water Quality Initiative will work in priority watersheds to help farmers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in 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. NRCS in Kentucky identified priority watersheds through the help of local partnerships including the Kentucky Division of Water. 

Kentucky Watersheds Eligible for the National Water Quality Initiative

Name of 8-Digit Hydrologic
Unit Code (HUC)

Name of 12-Digit HUC

Number 12-Digit HUC

Lower Kentucky

Mocks Branch


Lower Kentucky

Clarks Run


South Fork Licking

Headwaters Hinkston Creek


NRCS staff will provide technical assistance and planning tools to determine which conservation actions will provide the best results to improve water quality on your land.  To help install the recommended practices, financial assistance to share the cost of implementation is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

National Priority Watersheds and Additional Program Information

Location Maps of Kentucky's Priority Watersheds for NWQI 

NWQI Clarks Run Mocks Run












NWQI Headwaters of Hinkston Creek























State Contact:

Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 859-224-7403