NRCS accepting apps for targeted watershed funding
Jerry Raynor, state conservationist for Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that NRCS is accepting applications to be considered for targeting funding to improve water quality in the Upper Sinking-Blue River watershed located in Washington and Harrison counties through NRCS’ National Water Quality Initiative.
NWQI provides a way to accelerate voluntary, on-farm conservation investments where they can deliver the greatest benefits for clean water. This targeted funding will help eligible farmers adopt conservation practices that will reduce the amount of nutrients flowing from agricultural land into waterways, curb erosion and improve the resiliency of working lands in the face of droughts and floods. Funding for NWQI comes from the Farm Bill’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Goals for the Upper Sinking-Blue River Watershed include a reduction of nutrients, sediment and pathogens to waterways. Aside from non-point source reduction, there is also a focus on increasing water quality awareness among residents about conservation practices related to agriculture, forestry and urban issues like maintaining septic systems. The targeted EQIP funding will help decrease nutrient and sediment runoff from agriculture through practices like cover crops, nutrient management plans and pasture management.
All applications for funding consideration must be received by Monday.
To learn more about the watershed projects selected in Indiana, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/in/programs/landscape/nrcs144p2_031016/.
For more information, call Kevin Chastain, Harrison County district conservationist, at 812-738-8121, ext. 3.