Piping ditches to improve water quality

Photo credit NRCS via the Julesburg Advocate.

From the Natural Resources Conservation Service via The Julesburg Advocate:

LSPW Receives 2016 Funding for Targeted Conservation Efforts

Improving water quality and water efficiency use is a top priority for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). As a result, NRCS continues its partnership and support to help landowners in eastern Colorado in their effort to improve irrigation water delivery methods within the Lower South Platte Watershed (LSPW).

2016 marks the second round of targeted conservation funds NRCS has allocated specifically for the installation of underground pipe within Sedgwick County. The pipeline will replace the use of earthen ditches for 20 landowner’s.

“In Colorado, we divert almost 90% of all agricultural irrigation water,” shares Daniel Palic, NRCS District Conservationist for Julesburg and Holyoke. “When water is moved, water is lost, so to help ensuring the least amount of loss during its transport is essential and requires effective and efficient methods. The underground pipeline increases that assurance.”

Through the Agency’s 2016 targeted conservation efforts, using NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), over 50,000 feet of earthen ditch was replaced with underground pipeline servicing over 1300 acres. This means NRCS’s targeted conservation investment in the LSPW has funded a total of 38 contracts and nearly 90,000 feet of underground pipeline.

NRCS provides farmers, ranchers and forest managers with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Conservationists provide technical expertise and conservation planning for those wanting to make voluntary conservation improvements to their land not only helping the environment but agricultural operations, too. The Agency may also provide financial assistance to make those improvements to their land.

For more information about NRCS and how its conservation programs and initiatives can help you, please visit http://www.co.nrcs.udsa.gov or contact the NRCS field office located in the USDA service center within your county.

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