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Cover crops in Cambers Creek, Texas

Cover crop in Chambers Creek, Texas

Priority Watersheds in 2014

Thumbnaiil of 2014 NWQI map of United Watersheds

Click the map to open a PDF file in a new window to see if your land or farm is located in a selected watershed. (PDF, 4MB)

When the map opens, zoom into your state, and your county to determine if you are in an eligible watershed.

Or, click on your state to jump to the list of eligible watersheds:

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

Through the National Water Quality Initiative in 2014, 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 2014, NRCS will provide nearly $33 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 third year of the initiative, and NRCS provided $28 million in 2013 to farmers and $34 million in 2012 to farmers and ranchers.

NRCS worked closely with partners, including federal and state agencies, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts, to refine the eligible priority watersheds for 2014.  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 - 2014

State

Watershed

HUC

In-Stream Monitoring

AL

Cox Mill Creek-Hurricane Creek

031402011004

Yes
AL Cross Creek 060300010801 No

AL

Upper Scarham Creek

060300010803

No

AK

Anchorage Bowl

19020401

No

AK

Cottonwood Creek

190204010803

Yes

AZ

Coyote Creek 

1502000103

Yes

AZ

Road Tank - San Pedro River

150502020705

No

AZ

Spring Creek - San Pedro River

150502020401

No

AZ

Lower Greenbush Draw- San Pedro River

150502020203

No

AR

Cousart Bayou-Little Cypress Bayou

080402050302

Yes

AR

Upper Deep Bayou

080402050303

Yes

AR

Lower Deep Bayou

080402050304

Yes

CA

Las Posas Arroyo

180701030103

Yes

CA

Beardsley Wash

180701030106

Yes

CA

Salt River

180101051101

No

CA

Revolon Slough-Calleguas Creek

180701030107

Yes

CA

Mugu Lagoon

180701030201

Yes

CO

City of Fort Collins-Cache La Poudre River

101900070805

No

CO

Headwaters Grape Creek 

1102000112

Yes

CO

Fruit Growers Reservoir-Gunnison River

140200050105

No

CT

Little River

011000010401

No

DE

Clear Brook-Nanticoke River

020801090404

Yes

FL

North Deep Creek-St. Johns River

030801030703

No

FL

Clarks Creek

030801030804

No

FL

Little Scurlock Creek

031402030704

No

GA

Upper Piscola Creek

031102030701

No

GA

Lower Deep Creek

031102020205

No

GA

Middle Piscola Creek

031102030702

Yes

GA

Lower Piscola Creek

031102030703

Yes

HI

Kapue Stream 200100000305 Yes
HI Waiaama Gulch 200100000401 No
HI Waipahoehoe Gulch 200100000402 No
HI Wailuku River 200100000403 No
HI Honolii Stream 200100000404 No
HI Waiakea Stream 200100000407 No
HI Puumakaala 200100000501 No
HI Olaa Forest 200100000502 No
HI Puna Forest Reserve 200100000503 No

IA

Lost Branch-Chariton River

102802010207

No

IA

Wall Lake Inlet

071000060401

Yes

IA

Badger Creek

071000080402

No

IA

Lower South Fork Chariton River

102802010108

No

ID

Lower Sand Hollow Creek

170501140704

No

ID

Dixie Slough

170501140802

No

ID

Outlet Boise River

170501140803

No

IL

Lake De Revey-North Fork Vermilion River

051201090804

Yes

IL

Painter Creek-North Fork Vermilion River

051201090805

No

IL

Crooked Creek-Bonpas Creek

051201130403

No

IL

Douglas Creek

071402040603

No

IL

Lake Vermillion-North Fork Vermilion River

051201090806

No

IN

Silver Creek

051201040501

No

IN

Eagle Creek Reservoir-Eagle Creek

051202011108

Yes

IN

Ell Creek

051202090405

No

KS

Town of Munjor-Big Creek

102600070305

No

KS

Headwaters Grasshopper Creek

102701030202

Yes
KS City of Canton - West Emma Creek

110300120401

No

KS

City of Heston-West Emma Creek

110300120402

No

KY

Bennettstown-Little River

051302050505

No

KY

Headwaters Hinkston Creek

051001020302

Yes

KY

Clarks Run

051002050505

No

LA

Lake Louis-Bayou Louis

080402070303

No

LA

East Fork Big Creek

080702050202

Yes

LA

Big Creek

080702050203

Yes

LA

Indian Bayou-Bayou Queue De Tortue

080802020101

No

MA

Palmer River

010900040701

Yes

MD

Upper Catoctin Creek

020700080101

Yes

MD

Middle Catoctin Creek

020700080102

Yes

MD

Lower Catoctin Creek

020700080103

Yes

ME

Nickerson Lake-Meduxnekeag River

010100050403

Yes

ME

Unity Pond

010300032002 No
ME Halfmoon Stream 010300032003 No
ME Sandy Stream 010300032004 No

MI

Pigeon Creek-Kalamazoo River

040500030408

No

MI

Hayworth Creek

040500050503

Yes

MN

Gilchrist Lake-East Branch Chippewa River

070200050603

No

MN

Big Twin Lake-Elm Creek

070200090903

No

MN

Sevenmile Creek

070200071103

Yes

MO

Upper Troublesome Creek

071100030202

No

MO

Lower Little Medicine Creek

102801030103

No

MO

Opossum Creek-North Fork Spring River

110702070306

Yes

MS

Ashlog Creek-Pelahatchie Creek

031800020302

No

MS

North Tippah Creek-Tippah River

080302010502

No

MS

Big Sunflower River

080302070500

Yes

MT

Deep Creek

1003010108

No

NC

Snow Creek

030401010503

No

NC

Little Fisher River

030401010703

Yes
NC Lower Fisher River 030401010705 No

ND

Upper Goodman Creek

101302010905

Yes

ND

Lower Goodman Creek

101302010907

Yes

ND

Beaver Creek

101600030403

No

ND

Moon Lake

101600030502

No

NE

Headwaters Bazile Creek

101701010701 No

NE

Upper Bazile Creek

101701010703

No

NE

Middle Bazile Creek

101701010704

No
NE North Fork Wahoo

102002030702

No

NE

Dunlop Branch Wahoo Creek

102002030703

No
NE Miller Branch Wahoo Creek

102002030704

No

NH

Lamprey River

010600030709

Yes

NH

Squamscott River

010600030806

No

NH

Oyster River

010600030902

No

NJ

Upper Salem River

020402060102

Yes

NJ

Upper Alloway Creek

020402060201

No

NJ

Upper Cohansey River

020402060301

No

NM

Mossman Arroyo

130301020801

No

NM

Anthony Wash-Rio Grande

130301020803

No

NM

Arroyo Pecos-Gallinas River

130600010805

Yes

NV

Sheckler Reservoir

160502030301

No

NV

South Branch-Carson River

160502030306

No

NV

Stillwater Marsh

160502030400

No

NV

Soda Lake-Carson River

160502030900

No

NY

Otter Creek

041300010406

No

NY

Browns Creek - Genesee River

041300030503

No

NY

Christie Creek - Genesee River 041300030504 No

OH

Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek

041000110301

Yes

OH

Fivemile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River

050902021102

No

OH

East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek

050400011002

No

OK

Upper Camp Creek

110600060505

No

OK

Sand Creek

110500020408

Yes

OK

Turkey Creek

110500020409

Yes

OK

Oak Creek-Black Bear Creek

110600060502

No

OK

Panther Creek-Black Bear Creek

110600060503

No

OR

Poison Creek-Willow Creek

170501190404 No

OR

Little Willow Creek-Willow Creek 170501190601 Yes

OR

Brandy Creek-Pudding River 170900090204 No

PA

Sacony Creek

020402030304

Yes

PA

Upper Maiden Creek

020402030305

Yes

PA

Upper Kishacoquillas Creek

020503040701

Yes

PR

Rio Grande de Anasco Watershed 

2101000302

Yes
PR Rio Guanajibo 2101000303 No

RI

Upper East Passage

010900040907

No

RI

Sakonnet River

010900040910

Yes

RI

Tomaquag Brook-Pawcatuck River

010900050205

No

SC

Chinquapin Creek

030502030101

No

SC

Big Swamp

030402020703

No

SC

Upper Little Saluda River

030501091104

Yes

SC

Polk Swamp

030502060203

No

SD

Buffalo Creek

101702030802

No

SD

Colton Creek

101702031002

No

SD

Jensen Creek-Skunk Creek

101702031003

Yes

SD

Willow Creek-Skunk Creek

101702031103

Yes

TN

Little Creek

060200040102

No

TN

Hall Creek 060200040103 No
TN West Fork Mulberry Creek 060300030501 No
TN East Fork Mulberry Creek 060300030502 No
TN Fall Creek 060400020306 No
TN Clover Creek 080102020306 No

TX

Walkers Creek-Big Cypress Creek

111403050303

Yes

TX

Little Boggy Creek-Boggy Creek

111403050305

Yes

TX

Whitmore Branch-Boggy Creek

111403050306

Yes

TX

Kitchen Branch-Prairie Creek

111403050307

No

TX

West Greasy Creek

111403050308

No

TX

Greathouse Branch-Chambers Creek

120301090201

No

TX

Baker Branch-Chambers Creek

120301090202

No

TX

Houston Creek-Chambers Creek

120301090203

No

TX

Lower Mill Creek

120301090206

No

TX

Cryer Creek-Chambers Creek

120301090207

No

TX

Oak Branch-Chambers Creek

120301090402

No

TX

Tupelo Branch-Chambers Creek

120301090403

No

UT

Lower Main Creek

160202030404

Yes

UT

Hillsdale-Sevier River 160300010307 No

UT

Tebbs Hollow-Sevier River

160300010506

No

VA

Mountain Run-Smith Creek

020700060202

Yes

VA

Fifteenmile Creek

060101020401

No

VA

War Branch-Smith Creek

020700060203

No

VT

Rock River

041504081101

Yes

WA

Fishtrap Creek

171100040502

No

WA

Wiser Lake Creek-Nooksack River

171100040503

No

WI

Pigeon Lake-Pigeon River

040302021103

No

WI

Horse Lake-Horse Creek

070300050804

No

WI

Big Green Lake

040302010902

Yes

WV

Douthat Creek

050500030201

Yes

WV

Headwaters Knapp Creek

050500030202

Yes

WV

Outlet Knapp Creek

050500030203

Yes

WY

Bighorn River  - Sage/Slick Creek

100800071001

Yes