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National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

Conservation practices such as pasture planting help reduce erosion and sediment











Through the NWQI, NRCS is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with 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. For over 75 years, NRCS has provided agricultural producers with assistance to implement voluntary conservation practices that protect natural resources while maintaining production and profits.

National Water Quality Initiative - National website

The National Water Quality Initiative will work in selected watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams.

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News Release, March 20, 2014, NRCS Improves Impaired Watersheds in Texas (PDF; 167 Kb)

News Release, May 8, 2012NRCS Announces Water Quality Conservation in Chambers Creek Watershed (PDF; 68 Kb)

NWQI Fact Sheet- Lake O' the Pines, Big Cypress Creek (PDF; 6.40 Mb)

NWQI Fact Sheet - Chambers County (PDF; 830 Kb)