The Buffalo Slough-Cache River Watershed National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in this watershed located in portions of Greene and Lawrence counties. The project area covers 22,274 acres.
Resource Concerns Addressed by the Project
Water Quality Degradation - Excessive nutrients in surface and ground waters (primary)
Water Quality Degradation – Excessive sediment in surface water (primary)
Water Quantity – Inefficient Use of Irrigation (secondary)
Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife - Habitat degradation (secondary)
Reduce soil loss in the watershed to improve water quality in a segment of the Upper Cache River as well as soil loss along agricultural drainage ditches and other surface waters that eventually discharge to the Upper Cache River.
Voluntarily implement a systems approach of conservation practices to reduce nutrient and sediment by 2023 in target acres.
The documented water savings for basic irrigation water management and associated supporting practices will be 10-25 percent.
Conservation Practice Funding
Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide financial assistance for a systems approach using approved conservation practices for the purpose of addressing resource concerns. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation must be met to participate in this initiative. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.
201 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring Data Collection and Evaluation
202 – Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring System Installation
333 – Amending Soil Properties with Gypsum Products
345 – Residue & Tillage Management-Reduced Till
386 – Field Border
410 – Grade Stabilization Structure
430 – Irrigation Pipeline
464 – Irrigation Land Leveling
484 – Mulching
490 – Tree/Shrub Site Preparation
533 – Pumping Plant
587 – Structure for Water Control
607 – Surface Drain - Field Ditch
608 – Surface Drain - Main and Lateral
644 – Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management
646 – Shallow Water Development and Management