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Alabama NRCS Announces Classic Gully Erosion Initiative Sign-Up

Release No.: 000018.18

AUBURN, Ala., March 15, 2018 – USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced a new initiative focused on addressing classic gully erosion. The Classic Gully Erosion Initiative will focus on gully erosion scenarios where erosion has reached an advanced stage and interferes with farming operations. Eligible individuals in Alabama are encouraged to apply for funding by April 19, 2018.

The goal of the initiative is to repair the most severe cases of classic gully erosion by implementing targeted conservation practices that will stabilize the gullies. Grade stabilization will be the core practice for this initiative. Other associated practices include conservation cover, critical area planting, diversion, fencing, filed borders, filter strips, land clearing and smoothing, constructing a lined waterway or outlet, mulching, installing a water control structure, terracing, underground outlet installation and water and creating a sediment control basin.

If left untreated, classic gully erosion can cause or lead to:

  • Nutrient runoff and sediment deposits affecting downstream public water sources and threatened and endangered species;
  • Continued loss of topsoil;
  • Threatened public utilities, roads and bridges;
  • Safety issues for farm operators and contractors operating machinery; and
  • Economic losses due to loss of productive farmland.

Eligible producers are encouraged to apply by April 19, 2018 by visiting their local USDA service center. 

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