National Water Quality Initiative

National Water Quality Initiative

The National Water Quality Initiative will work in selected watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams.

Through the NWQI, 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.

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News Release, May 8, 2012, NRCS Announces Water Quality Conservation in Chambers Creek Watershed

Water Quality Initiative Fact Sheet (PDF; 830 Kb)

All eligible applications must be submitted by June 15, 2012 in order to be considered for this fiscal year's funding opportunity.


Mark Habiger, Assistant State Conservationist-Programs
Phone: 254-742-9881