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Bradshaw Drop Agricultural Water Quality Improvement Project

County or Counties: Jackson

Primary Resource Concern Addressed: Field sediment, nutrient and pathogen loss - Sediment transported to surface water

Project Description

This strategy aims to improve water quality in impaired waterways through irrigation conversion and irrigation water management. Water quality in this watershed is heavily influenced by agricultural land management practices. Degraded water quality continues to be a concern for river ecology and wildlife, municipal drinking water, irrigation water, and contact recreation. Rogue River Valley Irrigation District worked with partners to secure funding to pipe 3.3 miles  of open canal and provide pressurized water to patrons, while the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS are working with landowners to make water conservation improvements on-farm. The elimination of tailwater runoff, its associated pollutant load and elevated temperatures will improve water quality for all beneficial uses.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Irrigation Pipeline (430)
  • Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441)
  • Irrigation System, Sprinkler (442)
  • Irrigation Water Management (449)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Structure for Water Control (587)

Project Partners

  • Rogue River Valley Irrigation District
  • Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Rogue River Watershed Council
  • Water Masters Office

Local EQIP Ranking Questions

NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Screening Questions

  1. The proposed project is within the established focus area boundaries and has a conservation plan and preliminary engineering designs completed. HIGH Priority.
  2. The proposed project is within the established focus area boundaries, but does not have a current conservation plan or engineering designs in place. MEDIUM Priority.
  3. The project meets the objectives of the proposal, but the is outside of the identified boundaries. LOW Priority.

Ranking Questions

1) Does the project directly border Yankee Creek, Spring Creek, or Antelope Creek?
2)  Will proposed practices result in and estimated increase in irrigation efficiency of >25% from the irrigation system previously in place?
3) The application includes practices that are part of a complimentary project that increases the magnitude of conservation benefits.