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NRCS holding signup for the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

Colette Kessler, State Public Affairs Officer
(605) 220-1765

NRCS Holding Signup for the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)

Batching date is April 20, 2018.

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, March 23, 2018 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in South Dakota is holding a signup for the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) for producers and landowners in the Skunk Creek and Firesteel Creek Watersheds. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Any application received by April 20, 2018, will be considered for funding in FY2018. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located within the priority watershed boundaries.

The Priority Watersheds for the Skunk Creek Watershed includes portions of  Lake, Moody, McCook, and Minnehaha Counties. This includes Jensen Creek and Colton Creek. They are tributaries within the Skunk Creek Watershed.

The Priority Watersheds for the Firesteel Creek Watershed includes portions of Jerauld, Sanborn, Aurora, and Davison Counties.  This includes Storia, Lower West Branch Firesteel Creek, and West Branch Firesteel Creek-Firesteel Creek.

The NRCS is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and private lands owners interested in improving water quality and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with impaired streams.

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS will provide funding and advice to producers to install structural or management conservation practices such as Ag waste systems, filter strips, terraces, prescribed grazing, nutrient management, and conservation crop rotation in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit or local USDA service center.