Michigan Watersheds Targeted in USDA Water Quality Initiative
EAST LANSING, March 14, 2013 - Farmers in two Michigan watersheds can apply for $327,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation financial assistance to help improve water quality and aquatic habitat. Farmers must submit an application to their local USDA Natural Resources Conservation office by April 15 to be eligible.
USDA National Water Quality Initiative funding is available in the Pigeon Creek Watershed in Calhoun County and the Hayworth Creek Watershed in Clinton County. The Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide financial assistance to selected applicants for implementing conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, filter strips and conservation tillage.
Producers can view an online map or check with their local NRCS office to see if they are located in a selected watershed. This summer, NRCS will notify all applicants of the results of the competitive selection process and begin developing contracts with applicants approved for funding.
To deliver the initiative, NRCS worked in collaboration with local partners and state conservation and water quality agencies to identify watersheds where on-farm investments have the best chance to improve water quality. NRCS also will work with state and federal partners, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey, to assess results over the long term.
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 the National Water Quality Initiative, visit a local NRCS offices or go online at www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov. A listing of NRCS offices in Michigan is online at http://www.mi.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/Field Offices.html.