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National Water Quality Initiative

A farmer knifes in manure in Hardin County.Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI​), NRCS​ is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with 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.

Sign-up Cutoff Dates
Although EQIP and NWQI are continuous signup programs, Iowa NRCS occasionally establishes cutoff dates for applicants. For fiscal year 2018, the first application cutoff date was Oct. 20, 2017. A second application cutoff deadline was established for March 16, 2018.

The Upper South Fork Chariton River Watershed has established a second application ranking deadline of Dec. 15, 2017.


Iowa's NWQI Successes

Iowa Priority Watershed Maps and Management Plans

Additional Resources

Paul Goldsmith, 515-284-4262