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Agricultural producers located in eastern Nebraska priority watersheds have until Feb. 17 to apply for assistance.

January 23, 2017

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VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION: State Conservationist Craig Derickson said the investment to improve water quality in the Bazile Creek and Wahoo Creek watersheds in Nebraska is "another example of how voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs are benefiting both producers and our natural resources."

State Conservationist Craig Derickson recently announced that the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the National Water Quality Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve water quality in impaired watersheds located in eastern Nebraska. Interested participants have until Feb. 17 to apply.

The selected watersheds are:
• Bazile Creek located in Antelope, Pierce and Knox counties
• Wahoo Creek located in Saunders County

"USDA is committed to working hand-in-hand with farmers, ranchers and landowners to address water quality issues and provide the tools necessary to ensure clean, safe water for communities and wildlife," Derickson said. "This latest investment is another example of how voluntary, incentive-based conservation programs are benefiting both producers and our natural resources."

The targeted watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners and the USDA State Technical Committee. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality is working with the local natural resources districts in these watersheds through the Nonpoint Source Water Quality Grants-Section 319 Program.

Inclusion of watersheds to strengthen initiative
According to Derickson, including these watersheds in the National Water Quality Initiative will strengthen the overall effort to improve water quality in impaired streams in Nebraska.

"Through this effort, eligible producers in these watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation practices to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities," he said.

Interested landowners and operators should check with the local NRCS office to see if their farm or ranch is located in one of the targeted watersheds. Additional information about the National Water Quality Initiative, and detailed maps of the sign up areas, are available at the Nebraska NRCS website.

Source: Nebraska NRCS

 

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