Landowners in Delta County are encouraged to join the Natural Resources Conservation Service on Thursday, May 17, for an important stakeholder's meeting. NRCS will be sharing information about a unique funding opportunity to help improve water quality through its National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).
This meeting will be held at Cedaredge Community Center, 140 NW 2nd Street, from 7-9 p.m. For additional information, contact the NRCS Delta field office at 874-5726.
The new National Water Quality Initiative is committed to improving impaired waterways in Colorado. It allows Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to focus technical and financial resources in our priority watersheds. Two watersheds in Colorado were identified, including the Fruitgrowers Reservoir in Delta County. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), NRCS will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners. NRCS is accepting NWQI applications until June 15 for funding consideration during this fiscal year.
Through this initiative, NRCS will provide funding and advice to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips irrigation water management as well as nutrient management in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality. Through this effort, eligible producers in the Fruitgrowers watershed will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities.
NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. If you are an agricultural producer in Delta County and are interested in participating in this initiative, please check with your local NRCS field office to see if your operation is located within a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration during this fiscal year must be received by June 15 with contracts to be developed by July 1.blog comments powered by Disqus