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Priority Watersheds in 2015

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Through the National Water Quality Initiative in 2015, the Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with farmers and ranchers in 174 small watersheds throughout the Nation to improve water quality where this is a critical concern.

In 2015, NRCS will provide $25 million in financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers implement conservation systems to reduce nitrogen, phosphorous, sediment and pathogen contributions from agricultural land.  This is the fourth year of the initiative, and builds on an over $85 million NRCS investment since 2012.

NRCS worked closely with partners, including federal and state agencies, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, to refine the eligible priority watersheds for 2015.  These partners assisted in selecting one to 12 priority watersheds in every state where on-farm conservation investments will deliver the greatest water quality improvement benefits. 

Eligible producers will receive assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips, terraces, and in some cases, edge-of-field water quality monitoring.

Conservation Funding and Practices

NRCS conservation professionals will provide technical assistance and planning tools to help farmers and ranchers determine which conservation actions will provide the best results to improve water quality on their land. Nutrient management systems, erosion control, conservation tillage, pest management, and buffers systems are just some of the practices being offered as part of the National Water Quality Initiative. To help install these conservation practices, NRCS will provide financial assistance payments to eligible producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Partnerships

NRCS identified priority watersheds through the help of local partnerships and state water quality agencies. Partners sometimes offer financial assistance in addition to NRCS programs. NRCS will continue to coordinate with local and state agencies, conservation districts, nongovernmental organizations and others to implement this initiative. This strategic approach will leverage funds and provide streamlined assistance to help individual agricultural producers take needed actions to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients and pathogens into waterways where water quality is a critical concern.

Producer Benefits

Water quality-related conservation practices benefit agricultural producers by lowering input costs and enhancing the productivity of working lands. Conservation investments are good for all Americans because well managed farms limit pollution from runoff, produce food and fiber, sustain rural economies, and provide food security to the Nation. All across the country—farmers and ranchers are voluntarily taking action and putting conservation on the ground to improve water quality on millions of acres of working lands!

Public Benefits

NRCS is proud to be involved in a nationwide effort with landowners and communities to improve and protect our water resources. The landowners and farmers/ranchers participating in the initiative will receive conservation payments to work on the land in a sustainable way which provides cleaner water. In addition to the financial assistance, the land will remain productive into the future. Communities benefit by having clean waterways, safer drinking water and healthy habitat for fish and wildlife.

How to Apply

Almost every county in the Nation has a USDA Service Center. To get started, make an appointment at your local office or contact your State Conservationist.

You will need to establish eligibility and farm records for your land. NRCS will help you complete an application while explaining which conservation practices are available in your watershed. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed.

 

Watersheds Eligible for the National Water Quality Initiative - 2015

State Name

Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC)

Watershed Name

Instream Monitoring?

Alabama

031402011004

Cox Mill Creek -Hurricane Creek

Yes

Alabama

0603000108

Guntersville Lake - Scarham Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Alaska

19020401

Anchorage Bowl

Unknown (new watershed)

Alaska

190204010803

Cottonwood Creek

Yes

Arizona

1502000103

Coyote Creek (10-digit HUC)

Yes

Arizona

150502020203

Lower Greenbush draw- San Pedro River

No

Arizona

150502020401

Spring Creek - San Pedro River

No

Arizona

150502020705

Road Tank - San Pedro River

No

Arkansas

080402050302

Cousart Bayou-Little Cypress Bayou

Yes

Arkansas

080402050303

Upper Deep Bayou

Yes

Arkansas

080402050304

Lower Deep Bayou

Yes

California

180101051101

Salt River

No

California

180701030103

Las Posas Arroyo

Yes

California

180701030106

Beardsley Wash

Yes

California

180701030107

Revlosn Slough-Callegas Creek

Yes

California

180701030201

Mugu Lagoon

Yes

Caribbean Area

2101000302

Rio Grande de Anasco Watershed (10-digit HUC)

Yes

Caribbean Area

2101000303

Rio Yaguez (Rio Guanajibo 10-digit HUC)

No

Colorado

1102000112

Headwaters Grape Creek (10-digit HUC)

Yes

Colorado

140200050105

Fruit Growers

No

Connecticut

010802050202

Broad Brook

Unknown (new watershed)

Connecticut

011000010401

Little River

Yes

Delaware

020801090404

Clear Brook - Nanticoke

Yes

Florida

030801030703

Deep Creek

No

Florida

030801030804

Clarks Creek

No

Florida

031402030704

Little Scurlock Creek

No

Georgia

031102020205

Lower Deep Creek

No

Georgia

031102030701

Upper Piscola Creek

Yes

Georgia

031102030702

Middle Piscola Creek

Yes

Georgia

031102030703

Lower Piscola Creek

No

Idaho

170501140704

Lower Sand Hollow

No

Idaho

170501140802

Dixie Slough-Pilot

No

Idaho

170501140803

Outlet-Lower Boise

No

Illinois

051201090804

Lake De Revey-North Fork Vermilion River

Yes

Illinois

051201090805

Painter Creek-North Fork Vermilion River

No

Illinois

051201090806

Lake Vermillion-North Fork Vermilion River

No

Illinois

051201130403

Crooked Creek-Bonpas Creek

No

Illinois

071402040603

Douglas Creek

No

Indiana

051201040501

Silver Creek

No

Indiana

051201040503

Beargrass Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Indiana

051202011108

Eagle Creek Reservoir-Eagle Creek

Yes

Indiana

051202090405

Ell Creek

No

Iowa

071000060401

Wall Lake Inlet

Yes

Iowa

071000080402

Badger Creek

No

Iowa

102802010108

Lower South Fork Chariton River

No

Iowa

102802010207

Lost Branch-Chariton River

No

Kansas

102600070305

Big Creek

No

Kansas

102701030202

Grasshopper Creek

Yes

Kansas

110300120401

City of Canton-West Emma Creek

No

Kansas

110300120402

Emma Creek

No

Kentucky

051001020302

Headwaters Hinkston Creek

Yes

Kentucky

051002050505

Clarks Run

No

Kentucky

051002050506

Mock's Branch-Dix River

Unknown (new watershed)

Louisiana

080402070303

Lake Louis

No

Louisiana

080702050202

East Fork

Yes

Louisiana

080702050203

Big Creek

Yes

Louisiana

080802020101

Indian Bayou

No

Maine

010100050303

Nickerson Lake

Yes

Maine

010100050307

Smith Brook - Meduxnekeag

Unknown (new watershed)

Maine

010300032002

Unity Pond

No

Maine

010300032003

Halfmoon Stream

No

Maine

010300032004

Sandy Stream

No

Maryland

020700080101

Upper Catoctin Creek

Yes

Maryland

020700080102

Middle Catoctin Creek

Yes

Maryland

020700080103

Lower Catoctin Creek

Yes

Massachusetts

010900040701

Palmer River

Yes

Michigan

040500030408

Pigeon Creek

No

Michigan

040500050503

Hayworth Creek   

Yes

Minnesota

070200050603

Gilchrist Lake-East Branch Chippewa River

No

Minnesota

070200071103

Sevenmile Creek

Yes

Minnesota

070200090903

Big Twin Lake-Elm Creek

No

Mississippi

080302010502

North Tippah Creek

No

Mississippi

080302070500

Porter Bayou

Yes

Mississippi

080602050703

Chase Bayou-Sammy Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Missouri

071100030202

Upper Troublesome Creek

No

Missouri

102801030103

Lower Little Medicine Creek

No

Missouri

110702070306

Opposum Creek-North Fork Spring River

Yes

Montana

1003010108

Upper Deep Creek (Deep Creek 10-digit HUC)

No

Nebraska

101701010702

Council Hill

Unknown (new watershed)

Nebraska

101701010703

Upper Bazile Creek

No

Nebraska

101701010704

Middle Bazile Creek

No

Nebraska

102002030702

North Fork Wahoo Creek

No

Nebraska

102002030703

Dunlop Branch Wahoo Creek

No

Nebraska

102002030704

Miller Branch Wahoo Creek

No

Nebraska

101701010701

Headwaters Bazile Creek

No

Nevada

160502030301

Sheckler Reservoir

No

Nevada

160502030306

South Branch-Carson River

No

Nevada

160502030400

Stillwater Marsh

No

Nevada

160502030900

Soda Lake-Carson River

No

New Hampshire

010801060405

Long Pond Brook-Sugar River

Unknown (new watershed)

New Hampshire

010801060406

Quabbinnight Brook-Sugar River

Unknown (new watershed)

New Hampshire

010801060407

Sugar River

Unknown (new watershed)

New Jersey

020402060102

Upper Salem River

Yes

New Jersey

020402060201

Upper Alloway Creek

No

New Jersey

020402060301

Upper Cohansey River

No

New Mexico

130301020404

Rincon Arroyo-Rio Grande

Unknown (new watershed)

New Mexico

130301020502

Tonuco Draw-Rio Grande

Unknown (new watershed)

New Mexico

130301020608

Alameda Arroyo-Rio Grande

Unknown (new watershed)

New Mexico

130301020704

Achenback Canyon-Rio Grande

Unknown (new watershed)

New Mexico

130301020801

Mossman Arroyo

No

New Mexico

130301020803

Anthony Wash-Rio Grande

No

New Mexico

130600010805

Arroyo Pecos-Gallinas River

Yes

New York

041300010406

Otter Creek

No

New York

041300030503

Browns Creek - Genesee River

No

New York

041300030504

Christie Creek - Genesee River

No

North Carolina

030401010502

South Fork Mitchell River

Unknown (new watershed)

North Carolina

030401010703

Little Fisher River

Yes

North Carolina

030401010705

Lower Fisher River

No

North Dakota

101302010905

Upper Goodman Creek

Yes

North Dakota

101302010907

Lower Goodman Creek

Yes

North Dakota

101600030403

Beaver Creek

No

North Dakota

101600030502

Moon Lake

No

Ohio

041000110301

Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek

Yes

Ohio

050400011002

East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek

No

Ohio

050902021102

Fivemile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River

No

Oklahoma

111101050901

Holt-Tushka Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Oklahoma

111302080102

Hell Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Oklahoma

111302080103

Upper Little Beaver Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Oklahoma

111302080104

Stage Stand Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Oklahoma

111302080105

Middle Little Beaver Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Oregon

170501190404

Poison Creek-Willow Creek

No

Oregon

170501190601

Little Willow Creek – Willow Creek          

Yes

Oregon

170900090204

Brandy Creek-Pudding River (Zollner)    

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000305

Kapue Stream

Yes

Pacific Islands Area

200100000401

Waiaama Gulch

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000402

Waipahoehoe Gulch

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000403

Wailuku River

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000404

Honolii Stream

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000407

Waiakea Stream

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000501

Puumakaala

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000502

Olaa Forest

No

Pacific Islands Area

200100000503

Puna Forest Reserve

No

Pennsylvania

020402030304

Sacony Creek

Yes

Pennsylvania

020402030305

Upper Maiden Creek

Yes

Pennsylvania

020503040701

Upper Kishacoquillas Creek

Yes

Rhode Island

010900040907

Upper East Passage

No

Rhode Island

010900040910

Sakonnet River

Yes

Rhode Island

010900050205

Tomaquag Brook-Pawcatuck River

No

South Carolina

030402020703

Big Swamp

No

South Carolina

030501091104

Upper Little Saluda River

Yes

South Carolina

030502030101

Chinquapin Creek

No

South Carolina

030502060203

Polk Swamp

No

South Dakota

101702030802

Buffalo Creek

No

South Dakota

101702031002

Colton Creek

No

South Dakota

101702031003

Jensen Creek

Yes

South Dakota

101702031103

Willow Creek

Yes

Tennessee

051301070101

Little Hickory Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Tennessee

051301070102

West Fork Hickory Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Tennessee

051301070103

Hickory Creek

Unknown (new watershed)

Tennessee

060200040102

Little Creek

No

Tennessee

060200040103

Hall Creek

No

Tennessee

060300030501

West Fork Mulberry Creek

No

Tennessee

060300030502

East Fork Mulberry Creek

No

Tennessee

060400020306

Fall Creek

No

Tennessee

080102020306

Clover Creek

No

Texas

111403050303

Walkers Creek-Big Cypress Creek

Yes

Texas

111403050305

Little Boggy Creek-Boggy Creek

Yes

Texas

111403050306

Whitmore Branch-Boggy Creek

Yes

Texas

111403050307

Kitchen Branch-Prairie Creek

Yes

Texas

111403050308

West Greasy Creek

Yes

Texas

120301090201

Greathouse Branch

No

Texas

120301090202

Baker Branch

No

Texas

120301090203

Houston Creek

No

Texas

120301090206

Lower Mill Creek

No

Texas

120301090207

Cryer Creek

No

Texas

120301090402

Oak Branch

No

Texas

120301090403

Tupelo Branch

No

Utah

160202030404

Lower Main Creek

Yes

Utah

160300010307

Hillsdale-Sevier River

No

Utah

160300010506

Tebbs Hollow-Sevier River

No

Vermont

041504081101

Rock River

Yes

Virginia

020700060202

Mountain Run-Smith Creek

No

Virginia

020700060203

War Branch-Smith Creek

Yes

Virginia

060101020401

Fifteenmile Creek

No

Washington

171100040502

Fishtrap Creek

No

Washington

171100040503

Wiser Lake Creek-Nooksack River

No

West Virginia

050500030201

Knapps Creek

Yes

West Virginia

050500030202

Knapps Creek

Yes

West Virginia

050500030203

Knapps Creek

Yes

Wisconsin

040302010902

Big Green Lake

Yes

Wisconsin

040302021103

Pigeon Lake-Pigeon River

No

Wisconsin

070300050804

Horse Lake-Horse Creek

No

Wyoming

100800071001

Enright Reservoir-Fifteenmile Creek

Yes

FY 2014 NQWI Watersheds Archive

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