NRCS announces National Water Quality Initiative applications due April 18

LITTLE ROCK - State Conservationist Mike Sullivan announced applications are being accepted through April 18 for the National Water Quality Initiative in three Arkansas watersheds in portions of Jefferson and Lincoln counties.

Eligible producers in Cousart Bayou-Little Cypress Bayou, Upper Deep Bayou and Lower Deep Bayou watersheds will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. The selected watersheds were identified with help from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, University of Arkansas and other partners.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service manages the initiative by making funds available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the selected watersheds.

A meeting discussing the initiative and the many conservation practices available to help landowners reduce sediment loading into the watershed is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the C&L Electric Company, 900 Church St. in Star City.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance through the NWQI on a continuous basis throughout the year. Check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. The eligibility deadline is May 5 and ranking deadline is May 16. The obligation deadline is June 6.