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Funding for Water Quality Monitoring on Farms Now Available

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Roger Kult, Acting State Conservationist for Indiana’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced today that sign up has begun for a new project to monitor water quality on agricultural fields in targeted areas throughout the state.  Kult said, “NRCS is seeking producers to sign up by June 14th to monitor the water quality benefits of a variety of conservation practices, such as no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, etc. on their land. The data from the monitoring will show the impacts of voluntary conservation practices on water quality. The results will also be used to help farmers adapt their management to increase water quality benefits that work with agriculture production goals.”

 

The following 12-digit watersheds have been approved for potential edge-of-field monitoring projects:

 

Watershed Location  (County/Counties)
Bachelor Creek – Paw Paw Creek Miami, Wabash
Bear Creek Jennings, Bartholomew, Decatur
Beargrass Creek Wabash
Bolley Ditch Wabash, Fulton, Miami
Brush Creek Bartholomew
Eagle Creek Reservoir-Eagle Creek Boone, Hamilton, Marion
Eel Watershed Miami, Kosciusko, Wabash
Fish Creek – Sand Creek Jennings
Flowers Creek – Eel River Miami
Little Weesau Creek – Weesau Creek Miami
Matson St. Joseph
Matson Ditch DeKalb
Millstone Creek – Sand Creek Jennings, Decatur
Oren Ditch – Paw Paw Creek Miami, Wabash
Otter Creek – Clifty Creek Bartholomew
Otter Creek – Eel River Kosciusko, Wabash
Plunge Creek – Eel River Kosciusko, Wabash, Whitley
Rock Creek – Sand Creek Jennings, Bartholomew, Jackson
Sharp Ditch – Paw Paw Creek Wabash
Silver Creek Kosciusko, Wabash, Fulton, Miami
Squirrel Creek Wabash, Fulton, Miami
Upper East Fork-White River Bartholomew, Decatur, Jennings
Washonis Creek – Eel River Miami
Wyaloosing Creek Jennings, Decatur

 

Kult says, “These projects will support the good conservation work and give producers the feedback on the many positive impacts they are making.” He adds, “The data collected from these projects will be used to validate NRCS water quality modeling efforts that will benefit agriculture across the nation.  All data will be protected under the Farm Bill privacy rules, and details will be shared only as authorized by the producer.”

 

Funding for these projects comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The watersheds are associated with several of NRCS’s national initiatives, including Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI), Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), and the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).

NRCS accepts applications for funding assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. If you live in one of the counties listed above, check with your local NRCS office www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/directory/field_offices.html, to see if you are located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration for the edge of field monitoring project must be received by June 14, 2013. For more information about technical assistance and conservation programs go to https://www.in.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.