New York farmers and landowners located in the National Water Quality Initiative watersheds, have until June 21, 2013, to apply for 2013 conservation program funding under the National Water Quality Initiative. Applications are competitive and are ranked based on national, state and locally identified resource priorities and overall benefit to the environment.
In New York state, NWQI funds are used to treat water quality resource concerns on cropland, pastureland, and farmsteads. NWQI is targeted to assist with the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment entering Chautauqua Lake from private lands. The NWQI program provides cost-share assistance to producers to install conservation practices that minimize sediment and nutrient runoff to help restore, preserve and protect Chautauqua Lake. In New York, the NWQI program offers funding and technical assistance to producers in the Big Inlet-Chautauqua Lake, Goose Creek and Pendergast Creek watersheds.
"The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New York is pleased to offer the NWQI program for the Chautauqua Lake watershed. We had success last year and are excited to move the program to three new watersheds surrounding Chautauqua Lake, to service more farms and provide more conservation on the ground," said Donald Pettit, NRCS state conservationist.
To apply for NWQI, contact Robert Halbohm, district conservationist at 664-2351, ext. 115.
General information regarding NRCS New York Conservation Programs can be found at: www.ny.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/.