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NRCS Announces National Water Quality Initiative Conservation in Utah

Ron Francis
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Agricultural Producers located in three priority watersheds will be able to participate


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SALT LAKE CITY, Ut., May 15, 2012 -- State Conservationist Dave Brown announced the launch of a new National Water Quality Initiative committed to improving three impaired waterways in Utah. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the selected watersheds.

“The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” Brown said. “This initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges. It bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway in Utah.”

Through this effort, eligible producers in the South Fork of Chalk Creek (near Coalville) and in Cutler Reservoir and the Pullum Hollow areas of the Bear River (in Cache Valley) will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. The selected watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the NRCS State Technical Committee.

Lower Chalk Creek -- Water Quality Initiative

Lower Chalk Creek

Cutler-Bear River WQI

Pullum Hollow-Bear River & Cutler-Bear River

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advise to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.

“American farmers are good stewards of the environment, especially when they have the tools they need to protect or improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality,” said NRCS Chief Dave White. “We look forward to collaborating with producers in key watersheds to help them have a positive impact on streams with impaired water quality.”

Brown explained that the water quality conservation work on the two watersheds along the Bear River in Cache County will focus on reduction of nutrient loading, especially phosphorus, coming from animal feeding operations and fertilizer application on surrounding farmland. The Lower Chalk Creek watershed project, located near Coalville in Summit County, will seek to improve Bonneville Cutthroat trout habitat by removing barriers to fish movement. Irrigation efficiency and management practices will also be applied to help improve water quality along Chalk Creek.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration, during this fiscal year, must be received by June 15, 2012. This summer, NRCS will notify all applicants of the results and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.

Since 1935, NRCS’s nationwide conservation delivery system works with private landowners to put conservation on the ground based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests. For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Utah, visit us online at



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