BANGOR, Maine — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced that April 18 is the application deadline for agricultural and forestry producers located in the Nickerson Lake, Unity Pond, Halfmoon Stream and Sandy Stream sub-watersheds to apply for financial assistance for conservation practices through the National Water Quality Initiative.
“I am happy that the Nickerson Lake Sub-Watershed located in the Meduxnekeag River Watershed in southern Aroostook County has been selected to participate in this initiative for a third year in a row,” said Juan Hernandez, State Conservationist for NRCS in Maine, said in a press release. “This year we are happy to add Unity Pond, Halfmoon Stream and Sandy Stream sub-watersheds located in the Twenty-Five Mile Stream Watershed in Waldo County. This Water Quality Initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges. When farmers work to improve water quality, they also help provide clean waterways, safe drinking water and healthy habitat for fish and wildlife.”
Through this effort, eligible producers in the selected priority areas will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. 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 stream crossings 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. However, to be considered for funding in 2014, applications for the National Water Quality Initiative must be received byApril 18, 2014.
If you are interested in applying for this Initiative, please check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. NRCS offices are listed online at http://offices.usda.gov or in the telephone book under United States Government, Agriculture Department.
Since 1935, NRCS’s nationwide conservation delivery system works with private landowners to put conservation on the ground based on specific, local conservation needs, while accommodating state and national interests. For more information about NRCS’ programs, initiatives and services in Maine, visitwww.me.nrcs.usda.gov.