The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) is a partnership between NRCS and other federal, state and local partners focused on water-quality improvement in targeted agricultural watersheds. This partnership-based initiative pools public and private resources to improve water quality and strengthens agricultural productivity. With targeted on-farm investments and watershed assessment resources, NWQI focuses resources on small watersheds that can deliver the greatest benefits for local, regional and national water quality.
Through the NWQI initiative, NRCS California identified the Oso Flaco Creek watershed as a high priority for investments in water quality and awarded the Cahuma and Coastal San Luis RCDs funding to conduct an initial Needs Assessment with growers in the watershed. Once the assessment is complete, NRCS can provide targeted technical and financial assistance for producers to implement conservation practices that address resource concerns identified across the watershed.
Funds are anticipated to be allocated in mid-2021, and the RCDs will complete the assessment in 2021 and 2022.
Partners: NRCS, Cachuma RCD, County of SLO, Regional Water Quality Control Board
RCD Contact: Hallie Richard, firstname.lastname@example.org