Water quality initiative targets three watersheds in Mississippi

Water quality initiative targets three watersheds in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer financial and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers in three impaired watersheds in Mississippi through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). This voluntary program assists eligible producers in watersheds with impairments to enact conservation actions that help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities.

The three eligible watersheds are Chase Bayou, Porter Bayou and North Tippah Creek.  Chase Bayou is in Adams County and is a tributary of Sammy Creek.  Porter Bayou, a tributary of the Big Sunflower River is in Bolivar and Sunflower Counties and North Tippah Creek, a tributary of the Tippah River is in Benton and Tippah Counties.

“Water is our greatest natural resource and nothing can survive without it,” stated Kurt Readus, NRCS State Conservationist for Mississippi. “The National Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality and bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway.”

Funds for the NWQI are provided from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide producers with funding and technical assistance for the installation of conservation practices to include cover crops, filter strips and terraces.

Producers should check with their local NRCS office to determine if they are located in a selected watershed. NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. All applications for funding consideration, during FY 2016, must be received by March 18, 2016.

For additional information on the 2016 National Water Quality Initiative signup, contact the Adams, Benton, Bolivar, Sunflower or Tippah County NRCS Offices at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs.

NRCS financial assistance covers part of the cost to implement conservation practices. Interested landowners are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center.

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