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News and Reports > National Water Quality Initiative Targets Three Watersheds in Mississippi

JACKSON, March 13, 2013 — Producers in three impaired watersheds are eligible to apply for funds through the National Water Quality Initiative. The three watersheds chosen in Mississippi include Ashlog Creek, a tributary of the Pearl River; Porter Bayou, a tributary of the Big Sunflower River; and North Tippah Creek, a tributary of the Tippah River.

Through this effort, eligible producers in select 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 state agencies, partners and the NRCS State Technical Committee.

“Water is our greatest natural resources and nothing can survive without it,” State Conservationist Homer Wilkes said. “The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands. This initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges. It bolsters the positive results of landscape conservation initiatives NRCS and its partners already have underway.”

Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advice to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality.

NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed.

For more information, contact your local NRCS field office or visit the NRCS website.

Watershed map