|Applications due Aug. 9 for NRCS funding project|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:09|
COLUMBUS - The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), recently announced more than $1.5 million is available to Ohio agricultural producers and landowners to improve and protect the waters and resources in portions of the Great Lakes Basin. Applications to install specific conservation practices through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will be accepted for priority ranking through Aug. 9.
Interested landowners should contact their local USDA office before Aug. 9, to apply. Funding provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will be directed at accelerating conservation activities to address water quality and invasive species in specific watersheds in Ohio.
The following are the priority watersheds in Ohio: Auglaize, Blanchard, Cedar-Portage, Lower Maumee, Ottawa-Stony, Raisin, Sandusky, St. Joseph, St. Marys, Tiffin, and Upper Maumee. NRCS specialists will provide farmers and ranchers with technical assistance to help determine the best conservation practices to improve and protect the resources on their land.
"The GLRI is a multi-agency collaboration with the shared mission to improve and protect the waters of the Great Lakes Basin," said Michelle Lohstroh, Acting State Conservationist for the USDA-NRCS.
"I commend the farmers who take the initiative and come to us for help. They deserve the credit for taking action to help protect resources in their watersheds," said Lohstroh.
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