PIA National Water Quality Initiative

Partial Landscape View of Hilo Bay WatershedThrough 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 crop, residue and tillage management, grade stabilization structure, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, and animal waste treatment. 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.

For More Information:

Kori Hisashima, District Conservationist
USDA, NRCS - Hilo NRCS Service Center
154 Waianuenue Ave, Rm 203, Hilo, HI 96720
Telephone: (808) 933-8353

Selected NWQI Project Area Receiving Funding in Fiscal Year 2013

FY 2013 National Water Quality Initiative Project Area











Approved Watersheds - Hilo Bay

Application Signup Deadlines and Application Ranking Periods:

Application Cutoff Period #1: March 15, 2013.
All eligible “High” and “Medium” priority applications received by this application cutoff will be ranked by May 17, 2013.

Application Cutoff Period #2: March 16 - June 21, 2013.
All new eligible “High” and “Medium” applications and unfunded “High” and “Medium” applications from period #1 will be ranked and considered for funding by August 2, 2013.  Selection for funding will be made on August 21, 2013.


  • "Low" priority application will not be ranked.
  • Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis; however, an application period has been established for purposed of evaluation, ranking, and funding decisions when received by the specified Application Cutoff Periods.

Obligation Deadline:

August 30, 2013

Application Form and Screen Criteria Worksheet:

Ranking Summary:

Practice Payment Schedule:

Additional Information:

Links to Programs and Initiatives Included in National Water Quality Initiative

Pacific Islands Area NWQI Contacts:

Nicola Giardina
State Office Resource Conservationist (Programs)
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 155