USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Alabama, wants to remind producers the Riparian Habitat Initiative signup ends Monday, July 8. NRCS, in partnership with the Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, is accepting applications for the new initiative, which is focused on improving water quality and improving riparian area habitat through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The intent of the initiative is to help landowners limit livestock access to streams, creeks, rivers and other sensitive riparian areas through the implementation of selected conservation practices that address water quality related resource concerns.
Typical practices include exclusion fencing, prescribed grazing, cross fencing, watering facilities, stream crossings, alternative water sources, heavy use area protection and a host of other water quality related conservation practices. The initiative is available state wide, but a high funding priority will be given to applicants in the Locust Fork and Big Canoe Creek watersheds in the Northern part of the state.