National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI): Selected Project Areas Receiving Funding in Fiscal Year 2014
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service supports the voluntary actions of farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to improve water quality. Through the water quality focused efforts, eligible producers will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation practices such as riparian buffers, conservation tillage, irrigation water management, soil moisture monitoring in selected watershed locations.
2nd Deadline announcement for batching initiatives for Wallsburg WQI must be submitted by June 20, 2014
Deadline announcement for batching initiatives must be submitted by March 21, 2014
The main focus of these projects will be on riparian habitat improvement. The Sevier River has been identified on EPA’s 303 (d) list of impaired water bodies for phosphorous and sediment. The proposed practices will enhance the cold water fishery and will reduce sedimentation and phosphorous loads. The treatment methods will include bank sloping, rock barbs and other practices to stabilize eroding banks while riparian grasses and woody vegetation are establishing. Willows and other woody vegetation will be planted to provide shading for trout species. River corridors will be fenced for reduced access to livestock on the riparian areas.
Contact the Panguitch NRCS Field office at: (435) 676-8021
The focus on work in the Wallsburg watershed is to complete the items listed in the Comprehensive Resource Management Plan (CRMP) 2012. These include riparian restoration, upland improvements, nutrient management, irrigation water management (including conveyance systems), and wildlife habitat improvements. The Utah Division of Water Quality conducted a total maximum daily load (TMDL) study for Deer Creek Reservoir, and this study identified Main Creek as a major source of phosphorus in the reservoir. Most proposed practices will enhance the cold water fishery and will reduce sedimentation and phosphorous loads. Other improvements to the watershed will promote better resource utilization and water management for crop production. Upland wildlife will also benefit from many of the practices installed.
Contact the Provo NRCS Field office at: (801) 377-5580