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Assistance offered to protect watersheds

The Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide $654,000 in assistance to North Dakota farmers and ranchers who voluntarily manage their land to improve water quality in four priority watersheds, according to a press release.

Funds will be available for producers in Upper and Lower Goodman Creek Watershed in Dunn and Mercer counties, and the Buffalo Creek and Moon Lake Watershed in Stutsman County.

“When hundreds of farms take action in one area, one watershed, it can make a difference — it can stop an algae bloom downstream or keep bacteria from reaching a drinking water source,” North Dakota state conservationist Mary Podoll said in the release.

Eligible landowners will receive assistance under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for installing conservation systems that help avoid, trap and control runoff. Producers may use nutrient management, cover crops, conservation cropping systems, filter strips and edge-of-field water quality monitoring.

The service accepts applications for financial assistance year-round. More information can be found at a local NRCS office or www.nrcs.usda.gov.

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