NRCS-WA announces application batching period for EQIP WaterSmart EL86.4 Priority Area | Natural Resources Conservation Service

February 8, 2024 | by magnews24.com

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Washington today set the application batching deadline for WaterSmart Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program deadlines to March 12, 2024. 

This announcement for the EQIP WaterSmart EL86.4 Priority Area for Fiscal Year 2024. Producers interested in applying for the program should review the EL86.4 priority area map to determine if their location is applicable.

$2,500,000 is available for contracting during this batching period this fiscal year.  Each applicant must establish themselves as a USDA customer and attain all Farm Service Agency (FSA) eligibility requirements.

Through the EQIP WaterSmart EL86.4 Priority Area, NRCS can assist private landowners with the implementation of conservation practices that remove irrigated systems from ground water to surface water. Practices allowed include: pumping plant, irrigation pipeline, well decommissioning, structures for water control, and conservation cover.

For more information on program specifics, please visit the NRCS-Washington EQIP Webpage.

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