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National Priorities

Energy conservation is considered a component of all national priorities in the context of applying conservation practices in an energy conserving manner.  The five EQIP national priorities are as follows:

(1)  Reductions of non-point source pollution, such as nutrients, sediment, pesticides, or excess salinity in impaired watersheds, consistent with total daily maximum loads, where available; the reduction of surface and groundwater contamination; and reduction of contamination from agricultural point sources, such as concentrated animal feeding operations

(2)  Conservation of ground and surface water resources

(3)  Reduction of emissions, such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and ozone precursors and depleters that contribute to air-quality impairment violations of National Ambient Air Quality Standards

(4)  Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from unacceptable levels on agricultural land

(5)  Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation.

State Priorities

To support and compliment the National EQIP Priorities, NH NRCS has identified the following as our State Priority Resource Concerns:

(1)  Water Quality Degradation

(2)  Degraded Plant Condition

(3)  Inadequate Habitat for Fish and Wildlife

(4)  Soil Erosion

(5)  Soil Quality Degradation

(6)  Inefficient Energy Use

(7)  Livestock Production Limitation

(8)  Air Quality

(9)  Excess Water

(10) Insufficient Water