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Sign Up Now for Popular Water Quality Program

Chris Coulon

Applications due by February 21, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15, 2014 — Farmers and forest landowners in three Ohio watersheds can apply now for help to improve water quality in their watershed from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Funding to install conservation practices that manage nutrients, pathogens, and sediments comes from the agency’s National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

NRCS collaborated with State environmental and natural resource agencies to select which watersheds would benefit most from additional conservation treatments and decided to offer the program to the same three watersheds as in 2013. 

  • Brandywine Creek-Broken Sword Creek Watershed (Crawford County) 
  • Fivemile Creek-East Fork Little Miami River Watershed (Clermont and Brown Counties) 
  • East Branch South Fork Sugar Creek Watershed (Tuscarawas and Holmes Counties)

Building on the conservation work done previously will accelerate water quality improvements and allow additional data collection for the Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff tool piloted last year.  The run-off index data together with in-stream and watershed outlet water quality data collected by State water quality agencies will help researchers determine what conservation practices offer the most water quality improvement.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis and selects applications for funding periodically throughout the year. NRCS will select applications submitted by February 21, 2014, for the NWQI this year.

For more information contact:

  • Brown County - Larry Whitaker at 937-378-4424 ext. 119
  • Clermont County - Lori Lenhart at 513-732-2181 ext. 102
  • Crawford County - Brad Van Voorhis at 419-562-2203 ext. 109
  • Tuscarawas/Holmes Counties - Harry Kenney at 330-339-5584

2014 NWQI Map

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