Cost-share available for Squaw Creek projects
AMES (PRI) – Prairie Rivers of Iowa is working with Soil and Water Conservation District offices to provide cost-share funding for conservation practices to farmers within the Squaw Creek Watershed. Farmers are encouraged to reach out to Prairie Rivers of Iowa and the local SWCD offices by Aug. 1 in time for the next growing season.
“We would like to encourage farmers who are first timers to simply try out these practices on a few acres of their farm operations,” said Dana Holland, district conservationist in Story County. “Practices like cover crops have the ability to provide benefits to farm operations by improving soil health and retaining nutrients that the crops can use.”
Funding for this effort is in cooperation with the Water Quality Initiative from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and support from local partners.
The Squaw Creek Watershed Authority demonstration project is providing funding for farmers located in the watershed specifically for in-field practices, such as cover crops and no-till at the statewide WQI flat rate cost share rate, as well as 50 percent cost share for edge of field practices, including saturated buffers.
“The best use of these practices can vary from farm to farm and farmer to farmer,” said Hanna Bates, watershed coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa. “By working with the conservation districts, it is our intent to build relationships with farmers and find what practices will work best for them while having an overall positive impact for the watershed.”
The Squaw Creek Watershed demonstration project is currently one of several WQI demonstration watershed projects in the State of Iowa. The project takes a collaborative approach to water quality improvements by involving multiple stakeholders to address water impairments.
For additional information, visit the Story County website at www.storycountyiowa.gov or the Prairie Rivers of Iowa’s website at: www.prrcd.org/squawcreek.