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Lower Snake River Area Eligible for New Conservation Funding

Alan Atkins (530) 674-1461, ex 127

DAVIS, Calif., March 29, 2012—The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the Lower Snake River Watershed is one of four new focus areas where funding will be made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help agricultural producers undertake water quality and water conservation projects. Applications are due April 20, 2012, to be considered for funding in the initial allocation of $1.6 million for the Lower Snake River Watershed.

The funding is made possible through an NRCS national landscape conservation initiative that is providing voluntary incentives to farmers to help improve the Bay Delta ecosystem. The Lower Snake River focus area will be implemented within the Sutter County section of the Lower Feather River Watershed that drains to the Lower Snake River and Wadsworth Canal. The focus area boundaries are defined as east of the Sutter Buttes and north of Yuba City to the Butte County line. This initiative provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers who are willing to improve irrigation systems; implement irrigation water management; and adopt vegetative filtering practices on irrigated cropland.

The Lower Snake River - Sutter County Irrigated Cropland Water Quality and Conservation Management Program is targeted specifically to irrigated agricultural operations that have the capacity to adopt and apply:

  • Water conservation on irrigated cropland, including orchards with emphasis on improved irrigation systems and irrigation water management
  • Water quality improvements on irrigated cropland and orchards with emphasis on improved pest management and erosion control

The primary practices needed in order to accomplish the resource goals are agriculture irrigation conversions from flood to micro and/or sprinkler systems, irrigation water management, and vegetative orchard floor cover crops.

Eligible producers who submit applications and other required documents by close of business on April 20, 2012, will be considered for this initial Fiscal Year 2012 funding cycle. Funding decisions will be made according to the highest priority list of screened and ranked applications available at that time. Applications will continue to be accepted after this deadline, but ranking and funding decisions will be deferred until the next funding cycle.

NRCS has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water and other natural resources since 1935. For more information on NRCS, visit


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