Register for July 10 EPA Webcast on USDA National Water Quality Initiative

Join EPA for a new Watershed Academy Webcast on July 10, 2012 from 1:00 -3:00 pm (eastern) to learn more about USDA’s National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI). USDA’s NWQI is focusing on 157 priority watersheds in the U.S. in 2012. These 157 watersheds were identified with assistance from state agencies, key partners, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Technical Committees. NRCS will make available at least $33 million in financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners this year in these priority watersheds to implement conservation practices to improve water quality and aquatic habitats in impaired lakes and streams. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to producers for implementing conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, filter strips and terraces. This webcast will highlight how this Initiative is working and how USDA’s NRCS is working with state water quality agencies and others to implement this Initiative in priority watersheds.

To register for this webcast, please visit: www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

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June 14 Webcast on Clean Water Act Section 319 Agricultural Success Stories

On June 14, 2012 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (eastern), EPA is offering a free Watershed Academy Webcast entitled “Section 319 Agricultural Nonpoint Source Success Stories.”  This webcast is part of a series of Watershed Academy Webcasts in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Under Section 319 of the CWA, states, territories and tribes receive grants that support a wide variety of activities including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects, monitoring, and other activities. This webcast will highlight agricultural nonpoint source success stories from Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

To register for this webcast, go to www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.  For information on all of EPA’s current Section 319 Nonpoint Source Success Stories, visit the website at http://www.epa.gov/nps/success.