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Watershed Academy Webcast: USDA's National Water Quality Initiative

  • Lynda Hall, Chief, Nonpoint Source Control Branch, U.S. EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
  • Tom Christensen, Chief of Staff for the Regional Conservationists, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Jim Bramblett, Chief of Staff for the Regional Conservationists, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Steve Hopkins, Nonpoint Source Coordinator, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • John Hubbert, Acting State Conservationist, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa

Learn more about USDA's National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). USDA's NWQI is working in priority watersheds to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired streams, lakes, and other waterbodies. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is helping producers implement conservation and management practices through a systems approach to control and trap sediment, nutrients, and manure runoff. Eligible producers are receiving assistance for implementing conservation practices such as nutrient management, residue management, conservation cropping systems, cover crops, filter strips, and water and sediment control basins. This webcast highlights how this initiative is working and how USDA's NRCS is working with state water quality agencies and others to implement this initiative in priority watersheds.

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