USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service awarded $1.6 million in funding through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) for three projects in high priority watersheds in California to help agricultural producers improve water quality. The funding, which will be delivered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, will enable planning and implementing conservation practices to address agricultural sources of water pollution, including nutrients, sediment, pesticides, and pathogens related to agricultural production. The allocations include $50,000 for the Clear Lake Project, $800,000 for the Salt River Project and $750,000 for the Calleguas Creek Project.

“The NWQI allows us to address water quality problems at a watershed scale,” said NRCS State Conservationist Carlos Suarez. “We can target the conservation measures that will be effective at reducing pollution and will work for local farms and ranches.”

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