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2012 National Water Quality Initiative

National Water Quality Initiative

Overview 

Through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners interested in improving water quality
and aquatic habitats in priority watersheds with impaired streams.  NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing
conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces.  For over 75 years, NRCS has provided agricultural producers with assistance to implement voluntary conservation practices that protect natural resources while maintaining production and profits.

Priority Watersheds:

In North Dakota, a total of four watersheds are eligible for NWQI funding. Financial and technical assistance will be made available to to eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners residing within the Spring Creek Watershed or the Turtle River Watershed. (Please see maps on next page.) Within these priority watersheds, eligible producers and landowners will be able to improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams. ND NRCS will help producers implement conservation and management practices though a systems approach to control and trap nutrient and manure runoff. Qualified producers will receive assistance for installing conservation practices, such as cover crops, filter strips, and nutrient management. Picture depicts a watershed utilizing conservation measures to Photo by USDA-NRCS improve the quality of water. Eligible bodies of water must fall under one of the following categories:

Impaired—A stream or water body documented to be impaired, and identified on North Dakota’s 303(d) list of impaired waters as designated by the EPA.
Threatened—A stream or water body with water quality data documenting an impairment, but does not have the TMDL implementation plan and is not listed on the 303(d) list of impaired waters as designated by the EPA.
Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL)—A stream or water body that has been on the EPA’s 303(d) list of impaired waters, but may have been removed because there is a TMDL plan for implementation.
Critical—A stream or water body upstream of an impaired segment or area, and is known to be a contributing source of downstream impairment for a stream in one or more of the three categories listed above.

 

For North Dakota eligibility information and application forms visit your local NRCS field office.

Jennifer Heglund
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: 701-530-2095
Email: jennifer.heglund@nd.usda.gov