NRCS provides conservation funding
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado will provide approximately $400,000 to conserve the water in the Ogallala Aquifer. NRCS will fund this initiative through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas rely on the Ogallala Aquifer for water. In Colorado, the Ogallala Aquifer initiative offers an additional funding opportunity for agriculture producers.
“This funding allows producers to install conservation practices that directly benefit the water quality and water quantity issues in this aquifer,” said Dawn Jackson, assistant state conservationist for programs, NRCS Denver.
Interested agriculture producers are encouraged to visit their local NRCS field office and fill out a 2011 EQIP application. The applications for this funding cycle will be accepted until July 22, 2011. These applications will be ranked and considered for funding by Aug. 5, 2011. Applications accepted after July 22, 2011, will be deferred to the next funding cycle.
NRCS field office staff will work with interested individuals to develop a conservation plan that has a positive impact on the Ogallala Aquifer and meets the individual’s overall objectives.
For more information, please contact your local NRCS office or visit the NRCS Colorado website at www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/ programs/eqip/eqip.html. — WLJ