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Alamo Creek–Bighorn River Watershed Named One of NRCS’s Top Priorities

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Andi Neugebauer
307-233-6763


CASPER, WY, November 4, 2020– Wyoming’s Alamo Creek-Bighorn River Watershed was selected as a FY-21 priority area within the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) managed and administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NWQI in Wyoming is a partnership between NRCS, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ), and the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts.

Through NWQI, NRCS provides targeted funding for financial and technical assistance to help farmers apply conservation practices to protect water resources. The Alamo–Bighorn River Watershed is one of 175 watersheds that will be receiving financial assistance for practice implementation to address impaired surface waters.

“The National Water Quality Initiative has helped Wyoming to implement on field practices that show the greatest need for conservation where Water Quality impairments and concerns are identified,” said Astrid Martinez, NRCS State Conservationist in Wyoming.

The Alamo-Bighorn Watershed was identified as an NWQI priority in 2016 and was allocated over $3 million to help address the excessive Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) of pollutants within its waterbodies. Sediment was also a concern because erosion, due to certain irrigation practices and naturally occurring background concentrations have caused degradation to streams and channels contributing to the Bighorn river.

For more information about the National Water Quality Initiative visit the NWQI webpage. For Specific information about the Alamo-Bighorn Watershed NWQI project, please contact Andi Neugebauer at andi.neugebauer@usda.gov.

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