Application Deadline Extended for Impaired Watershed Assistance Funding
Agricultural producers located in priority watersheds now have until July 18 to apply for assistance.
LINCOLN, NE, June 17, 2014 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the sign up deadline for the National Water Quality Initiative to July 18. The goal of this initiative is to improve two impaired watersheds located in eastern Nebraska. The selected watersheds are:
Bazile Creek – located in Antelope, Pierce, and Knox counties
Wahoo Creek – located in Saunders County
The targeted watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the USDA State Technical Committee. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is working with the local Natural Resources Districts in these watersheds through the Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants-Section 319 Program.
According to NRCS Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson, including these watersheds in the National Water Quality Initiative will strengthen the overall effort to improve water quality in impaired streams in Nebraska.
“Nebraska has seen some intense rainfall this spring causing top soil to wash away. The assistance offered through the National Water Quality Initiative will help farmers reduce soil erosion by installing voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities,” Derickson said.
NRCS will provide funding and expertise to producers interested in installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips, terraces, no-till and other erosion control practices to improve water quality. NRCS staff will work with individual landowners to develop a conservation plan to apply practices that work best for their farming operation in each particular watershed.
Interested landowners and operators should check with the local NRCS office to see if their farm or ranch is located in one of the targeted watersheds. Additional information about the National Water Quality Initiative, and detailed maps of the sign up areas, are available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ne/programs/farmbill/?cid=stelprdb1252249.