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NRCS Announces Funding Opportunity for Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration

Lori Ziehr
(254) 742-9881

TEMPLE, Texas, Feb. 10, 2021 — The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has established a funding application deadline of March 12, 2021, for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Mussel Initiative available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

This initiative is in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). It is available in the Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe river basins to improve water quality to support the recovery of Texas fawnsfoot and Texas fatmucket, as well as other freshwater mussel species.

Applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. Producers interested in signing up for EQIP should submit applications to their local USDA service center. If already a USDA client, a producer can submit applications online via

EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. Technical assistance is provided without a fee from NRCS specialists to help landowners and land managers plan and implement conservation practices to help them meet their land management goals, address natural resource concerns and improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

For additional information visit the NRCS Texas website at Producers interested in EQIP can contact their local USDA service center or visit the NRCS EQIP web page.