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NRCS Alabama Offers Funding to Protect Water Quality for Limestone County Residents

Amelia Dortch

Release No.: 0000018.17

AUBURN, May 8, 2017 - USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced that the agency is providing funding to protect water quality for residents living in two key watersheds in North Alabama. Designated sections of Swan Creek and Oakland Spring Branch-Beaver Dam Creek will be targeted. Eligible landowners are encouraged to visit their local USDA Service Center to apply by June 8, 2017 for conservation practices that will improve irrigation efficiency.

Wellhead Protection Focus Area MapWellhead protection focuses on surface and subsurface land areas regulated to protect well or well-fields that supply public drinking water systems. This project will address source water protection in the selected watersheds by implementing conservation practices that will aid in the protection and conservation of groundwater resources.

In addition, conservation practices will be implemented to efficiently utilize ground and surface waters used for cropland irrigation. These practices will also help sustain farming operations by maintaining available water resources, improving soil health, and reducing off site pollution.

“Not only will this project help farmers improve irrigation water use efficiency, it will minimize soil erosion and improve surface and groundwater resources,” State Conservationist Ben Malone said.

The conservation practices chosen for this project will directly link to improving ground water quality and efficient use of irrigation water.

Funded through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the project addresses a statewide resource concern for water management. Interested landowners and producers should contact their local USDA service center to learn more.


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