Drainage Contractor

USDA announces $30 million in high-priority watershed funding

December 28, 2017  By Drainage Contractor

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

The NWQI has been in place for seven years. The NRCS states that it focuses resources on watersheds with the greatest need and “where farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can use conservation practices to make a difference.”

Conservation systems addressed as part of the initiative include:

. . .practices that promote soil health, reduce erosion and lessen nutrient runoff, such as cover crops, reduced tillage and nutrient management; waste management systems that treat agricultural waste and livestock manure; irrigation systems that capture and recycle nutrients back to the field; and wetland restoration that increases wildlife habitat, mitigates flooding, and improves water quality.


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