U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to remind those interested that the deadline to submit applications for the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) is February 25, 2022. Alabama is offering an opportunity for agricultural producers in priority watersheds within the state to apply for financial assistance to install conservation practices that protect water quality through NWQI. Eligible watersheds are located within Blount, Cullman, Dekalb, Etowah, Jackson, Marshall, and Morgan counties.
The three targeted NWQI watersheds include:
- Guntersville Lake – Short Creek (0603000108 HUC10)
- Graves Creek (031601110202 HUC12)
- Eightmile Creek (031601090104 HUC12)
Plus, there is a Source Water Protection Area designated for the Pisgah, AL community.
Eligible conservation practices through NWQI include those that promote soil health, reduce erosion, and lessen nutrient runoff. That includes cover crops, reduced tillage, nutrient management, and animal waste management systems. NRCS will utilize funds to implement core water quality practices in the targeted watersheds.
While NRCS does accept applications for conservation programs year-round, applications for this funding opportunity must be submitted by February 25th.