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National Water Quality Initiative

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Interested agricultural producers should contact their Local USDA NRCS Louisiana Office.


Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners 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 crop, residue and tillage management, grade stabilization structure, nutrient management, prescribed grazing, and animal waste treatment. For over 75 years, NRCS has provided agricultural producers with assistance to implement voluntary conservation practices that protect natural resources while maintaining production and profits.

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NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year.

How to Apply

Contact your local office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Louisiana Watersheds in National Water Quality Initiative

In Louisiana, the National Water Quality Initiative will be implemented by a partnership effort among the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The partnership will focus conservation resources in four watersheds facing significant natural resource challenges. Funding for eligible producers for this initiative will be through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

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Indian Bayou Watershed
Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parishes

Indian Bayou Watershed Map (PDF; 4.5 MB)

Lake Louis Watershed
Catahoula Parish

Lake Louis Watershed Map (PDF; 4.4 MB)

East Fork Big Creek Watershed
Tangipahoa Parish

East Fork Big Creek Watershed Map (PDF; 4.9 MB)

Big Creek Watershed
Tangipahoa Parish

Big Creek Watershed Map (PDF; 5.1 MB)

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Links to Programs and Initiatives Included in National Water QualityInitiative