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Landscape Initiatives

Driftless Area Landscape Conservation Initiative (DALCI)
NRCS will offer financial assistance in 2013 to agricultural producers for implementing practices that reduce erosion and improve fish wildlife habitat in the Driftless Area of Illinois. Financial assistance will come through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will focus on reducing erosion and sediment delivery to surface water as well as activities related to improving fish and wildlife habitats.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) efforts under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) are focused on protecting and restoring priority watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin.

NRCS is helping landowners and land users to plan and implement activities to improve and protect the natural resources in locally identified watersheds within the eight GLRI states -- Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has identified the Mississippi River basin as a top priority due to water quality concerns, primarily related to the effects of nutrient loading on the health of local water bodies and, eventually, the Gulf of Mexico.

Through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), NRCS and partners work with producers and landowners to implement voluntary conservation practices that improve water quality, restore wetlands, enhance wildlife habitat and sustain agricultural profitability in the Mississippi River basin

National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
The National Water Quality Initiative will work in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in 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.

Red River Basin Initiative (RRBI)
The Red River Basin, located in parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, has lost significant amounts of native prairie and wetlands and continues to experience severe flooding. That flooding has also resulted in loss of wildlife habitat and increased water quality concerns.