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National Water Quality Initiative - Oklahoma

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) - Oklahoma

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Program Description

Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with impaired streams. NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces. For over 75 years, NRCS has provided agricultural producers with assistance to implement voluntary conservation practices that protect natural resources while maintaining production and profits.  NRCS conservation professionals will provide technical assistance and planning tools to determine which conservation actions will provide the best results to improve water quality on your 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, financial assistance to share in the cost of these conservation practices is available though the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  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 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.

Selected Watersheds

Through collaboration with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and local input, four impaired watersheds were selected for this initiative in 2015.  The selected watersheds include:

Selected Priority Watershed Watershed Association County Location Map View
Hell Creek   Stephens Map of the Little Beaver Creek (PDF; 194KB)
Upper Little Beaver Creek   Comanche, Stephens, Grady
Stage Stand Creek   Stephens
Middle Little Beaver Creek   Stephens
Holt-Tushka Creek   Garfield Map of Spiro Lake (PDF; 249KB)

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from any eligible applicant on a continuous basis.  In order for an application to be considered for funding during the current fiscal year the application must be submitted by the posted deadline.  High and medium priority applications received by June 21, 2013 will be considered for funding in the second and final ranking period for fiscal year 2013.

Interested participants must complete the screening tool to determine program eligibility. A completed screening tool is required for each applicant.

National Water Quality Initiative Screening Tool (PDF; 94 KB)
National Water Quality Initiative Ranking Criteria (PDF; 24 KB)

Eligible Practices and Payments Available Through the NWQI

National Water Quality Initiative Payment Schedule (PDF; 160KB)


Kenneth Hitch
Resource Conservationist
Phone: 405-742-1208
Email: Kenneth Hitch

For additional information and assistance, contact your local NRCS Field Service Center.