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NRCS Announces National Water Quality Initiative in Montana

Tim Ouellette



Bozeman, Mont, May 8, 2012 - Two watersheds in Stillwater County, Montana, will be part of a new National Water Quality Initiative to improve impaired waterways across the country. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers and ranchers in the selected watersheds.

“The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” said Joyce Swartzendruber, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. “This initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges. It bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway.”

Through this effort, eligible producers in the Rosebud Creek and Limestone Creek watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities.

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advice to producers to install conservation practices in watersheds with impairments to improve water quality.

Both watersheds in Montana were selected because of the potential impacts agriculture may be having on water quality, and both are listed in the Montana Water Quality Integrated Report (303d list) for impaired streams.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. All applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by June 15, 2012, in the NRCS office for Stillwater County, located at 334 N. 9th Ave., Columbus. This summer, NRCS will notify all applicants of the results and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.

For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Montana, visit us online at


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