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Agriculture

August 14, 2012

Fox River Water Quality Project: Producers, landowners should act now for up to 75 percent cost share

CENTERVILLE — The Fox River Ecosystem Development Board has funding available to help producers and landowners improve water quality in the Fox River Watershed in Appanoose, Davis and Van Buren counties.

Funding assistance is available for a number of conservation practices that work to keep excess sediment, nutrients and bacteria out of the Fox River.  Available practices through project funds include grade stabilization structures (ponds), terraces and water and sediment control basins for FY2013.

The Fox River Water Quality Project started in 1999 and works with landowners to protect Fox River by improving the land that drains into the river. Partners include the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Division of Soil Conservation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Interested landowners and producers may contact watershed Project Coordinator Felicia Campbell at (641) 664-2600 in the Bloomfield field office or Craig Foster at (641) 856-3893 in the Centerville field office or contact your local NRCS office to learn more about eligible practices and funding opportunities.

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