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Renae Anderson, Public Affairs Specialist

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Special EQIP Sign-Up in Walworth County Watersheds

Madison, Wis––Two key watersheds, Delavan Lake and Jackson Creek are the continued focus of conservation efforts in Walworth County as part of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative.   Through a cooperative agreement between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Kettle Moraine Land Trust, financial and technical assistance is available to farmers to begin using conservation practices that result in the reduction of nutrients and sediment flowing into Lake Delavan.     

“This Healthy Watershed  Initiative helps farmers voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff from farm land," said Pat Leavenworth, State Conservationist for NRCS in Wisconsin.  "Reducing nutrients and sediment is the key to improving water quality in Delavan Lake, and ultimately the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico."

In 2010-11 nearly $200,000 in financial assistance was provided to agricultural producers in these two watersheds to implement conservation practices such as nutrient management, no-till, and grassed waterways. 

According to Maggie Zoellner, Program Manager for the Kettle Moraine Land Trust, the additional funds helped reduce soil erosion and improve water quality on over 2,000 acres in the Delavan Lake watershed.

Farmers in these two watersheds may apply for cost-sharing through the USDA-NRCS.  The funding is available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  Eligible conservation practices include nutrient management planning, grassed waterways, buffer strips, crop residue management and other practices that trap sediment and reduce nutrient runoff.  Applications must be submitted to NRCS by February 13, 2012 to be considered for funding in 2012. 

For more information, visit www.wi.nrcs.usda.gov or call 262-723-3216.

Contact: Contact: NRCS – Eric Allness, 608-662-4422 x 246
KMLT – Maggie Zoellner, 262-949-7211 maggie@kmlandtrust.org

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