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USDA to invest in high-priority watersheds

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service announced an investment of $25 million to help agricultural producers improve water quality in almost 200 high-priority streams and rivers across the country through the National Water Quality Initiative.

Three of those watersheds are in Florida: Deep Creek Watershed and Clarks Creek watersheds on the Lower St. Johns River within Putnam and St. Johns counties, and the Little Scurlock Creek Watershed on the Lower Choctawhatchee River within Jackson and Washington counties.

Farmers and ranchers in these watersheds can apply until Apr. 15 for technical and financial assistance to adopt conservation practices that improve water quality, such as improving soil nutrient management, planting cover crops, using conservation cropping systems, establishing filter strips and monitoring water quality.

The contact for the Deep Creek and Clarks Creek watersheds is NRCS District Conservationist Lakeisha Barber, (386) 328-2908, ext. 3 and in Little Scurlock Creek contact District Conservationist MaryJane Nelson, 850-526-2610, ext. 3.

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