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Air Quality Initiative - Fiscal Year 2013

NRCS helps producers address air quality concerns on their operations through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Assistance includes establishing cover crops, planting windbreaks, implementing nutrient management practices and applying other conservation measures that reduce and prevent air quality problems such as airborne particulate matter and excess ozone. 

Applications submitted for EQIP Initiatives are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year.  Applications are evaluated and ranked by the expected environmental benefits of implementing approved conservation practices.  Specific Ranking Period Application Deadline Dates
 

Approved Ohio Counties

Eligible producers in counties with air quality concerns related to non-attainment for ozone and particulate matter can apply for EQIP Air Quality Initiative funds.  The following table identifies Ohio counties with particulate and excess ozone air quality concerns.

Ohio Approved Counties PM 10 PM 2.5 Excessive Ozone

Adams

 

X

 

Allen

 

 

X

Ashtabula

 

X

X

Belmont

 

X

X

Butler

 

X

X

Clark

 

X

X

Clermont

 

X

X

Clinton

 

 

X

Columbiana

 

 

X

Coshocton

 

X

 

Cuyahoga

X

X

X

Delaware

 

X

X

Fairfield

 

X

X

Franklin

 

X

X

Gallia

 

X

 

Geauga

 

 

X

Greene

 

X

X

Hamilton

 

X

X

Jefferson

X

X

X

Knox

 

 

X

Lake

 

X

X

Lawrence

 

X

 

Licking

 

X

X

Lorain

 

X

X

Lucas

 

 

X

Madison

 

 

X

Mahoning

 

 

X

Medina

 

X

X

Miami

 

 

X

Montgomery

 

X

X

Portage

 

X

X

Scioto

 

X

 

Stark

 

 

X

Summitt

 

X

X

Trumbull

 

 

X

Warren

 

X

X

Washington

 

X

X

Wood

 

 

X

 

Approved Conservation Practices for the Air Quality Initiative

Conservation practices are required to be offered in all approved Air Quality Initiative counties to address identified air quality resource concerns. No additional conservation practices may be added or offered through the Air Quality Initiative.

Air Quality Land  Use, Resource Concerns, and Practices
Air Quality Ranking Questions

Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)

NRCS may also provide financial assistance to participants for conservation planning services through a Technical Service Provider (TSP) to develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP).  A CAP can be developed for producers to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, forest land, or can also address a specific resource need such a plan for management of nutrients or to address an air quality concern.  With a CAP plan, producers can then apply for financial assistance to implement the needed conservation practices.
 

Payment Schedule

The following documents require Microsoft Excel.
Air Quality Initiative Payment Schedule -  (Excel, 33 Kb)
Air Quality Initiative Payment Schedule for Historically Underserved - (Excel, 34 Kb)


Program Contact

Ta Trecia Davis
Phone: 614-255-2467