Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is “Pivotal” to Conserving Water in the Colville River Watershed
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is “Pivotal” to
Conserving Water in the Colville River Watershed
Environmental Quality Incentives Program helps producers
upgrade to a more efficient center pivot irrigation system saving needed
cost sharing has enabled four local farms to upgrade their irrigation systems to
efficient center pivots. Without EQIP funds these new systems would not be
local farms: Andrew Kroiss, Echo Valley Farms, Bart Bateman and Lorren Hagen
along with the USDA-NRCS and the Northeast Washington Local Work Group.
and inefficient irrigation system can waste limited water supplies in the
Colville River watershed. Local farming economics make it unfeasible to convert
to efficient center pivot systems.
funds, prioritized by the Northeast Local Work Group, provide the needed
economic incentive to upgrade to more efficient center pivot systems, along with
Irrigation Water Management, Nutrient Management, and Pest Management plans to
maximize environmental and economic benefits.
Because the Northeast Local Work Group saw this as a high priority resource
concern, EQIP funding has been made available to farmers that wish to solve this
pivot systems do a better job of evenly distributing irrigation water while
avoiding over irrigation which can leach nutrients and pesticides into the
ground water. These new systems, properly operated in conjunction with nutrient,
pest, and irrigated water management plans, can provide the greatest
environmental benefit to irrigated cropland. In addition, these systems are more
economical to operate and ensure a long term benefit by keeping these good
farmers in business!
Colville Field Office, (509) 685-0937