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Northern New Jersey Farmers in Selected Watersheds of Raritan River basin should apply now

Technical and Financial Assistance available to help improve water quality

March 12, 2013 - Agricultural producers and land owners who have an interest in an agricultural operation predominantly located within one of three designated sub-watersheds of the Raritan River basin can apply for technical and financial assistance to implement farm practices that improve water quality. Applications must be received by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by April 19, 2013, to be eligible for current funding.

Federal funds authorized through the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) for 2013 can help pay for planning and implementing practices such as livestock access control fencing, composting, cover crops, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, pest management, gutters, stream crossings, waste storage facilities, and livestock watering facilities. Twenty-two municipalities in Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties are included in the program area that is within the Spruce Run/Mulhockaway Creek, the Neshanic River, and the South Branch/Long Valley watersheds. Program information and maps of the selected area are available online at http://www.nj.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/awep/ or from your local NRCS office.  North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development can also help you determine if you are eligible to apply for AWEP. Call (908) 441-9191 extension 3.

To apply visit the NRCS office in the Frenchtown Service Center in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County (908-782-4614, ext. 3) or the Hackettstown Service Center in Warren County(908-852-2576, ext. 3).