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NRCS Announces National Water Quality Initiative Conservation in Kentucky

Christy Morgan

Lexington, KY, February 25, 2013 — Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Karen Woodrich announced the continuation of the National Water Quality Initiative in the targeted watersheds that were selected in 2012.  

“Continuing in the three existing watersheds will further NRCS’ partnership efforts and advance the implementation process.” Woodrich said. “The landowners in these watersheds are taking the necessary steps to improve impaired waterways so we want to continue to support their efforts.”

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS provides funding and advise to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.

The watersheds approved for this initiative in Kentucky are the Lower Cumberland - Bennettstown Little River, Lower Kentucky - Clarks Run, and South Fork Licking - Headwaters Hinkston Creek.  Counties impacted by these watersheds include Bath, Boyle, Christian, Montgomery, and Trigg. 

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Contact your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration, during this fiscal year, must be received by April 19, 2013. By May of 2013, NRCS will notify all applicants of the results and begin developing contracts.

Since 1935, NRCS’s nationwide conservation delivery system works with private landowners to put conservation on the ground based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests. For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Kentucky visit us online at     

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