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Three Missouri Watersheds Approved for Water Quality Initiative

Click to view a close-up of the Missouri state map.A committed to improving three impaired waterways in Missouri was announced today by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). State Conservationist J.R. Flores said NRCS will manage the initiative by making approximately $701,000 available to Missouri farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the priority areas.

Missouri’s three approved watersheds include Kyle Creek-North Fork Spring River, Lower Little Medicine Creek and Upper Troublesome Creek.  The three watersheds were selected based on sediment and nutrient resource concerns. 

“The will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” Flores said.   “Voluntary conservation opportunities for watersheds will serve to avoid, trap and control potential sediment and nutrients, resulting in healthier farms, fields and waterways.”

Through this effort, eligible producers in parts of Barton, Dade, Grundy, Knox, Lewis and Sullivan counties will invest in voluntary conservation. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and nutrient management.

“American farmers are good stewards of the environment, especially when they have the tools they need to protect or improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality,” said NRCS Chief Dave White. “We look forward to collaborating with producers in key watersheds to help them have a positive impact on streams with impaired water quality.”

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis. There will be two ranking periods for the with the first ending on May 18 and the second on June 15. At the end of a ranking period, NRCS will notify all applicants of the results of the rankings and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.

Since 1935, NRCS’ unique 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 and NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Missouri, click here.  To view the Missouri Fact Sheet clickhere (PDF, 284 KB).  To download Acrobat Reader, click here.

Click on the map to the right to view the watersheds in greater detail.

 

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