A satellite image map of the target watersheds from the NRCS National Water Quality Initiative
A satellite image map of the target watersheds from the NRCS National Water Quality Initiative
United States Department of Agriculture conservation program funding is available to assist agricultural and woodlot producers in the Sheepscot River and Dyer River watersheds and sub-watersheds who are interested in improving water quality. Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District recently received a grant to provide outreach for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service National Water Quality Initiative.

Of interest along the Sheepscot River and Dyer Brook are conservation practices that control soil erosion and contain nutrient runoff. Practices such as vegetated buffers, manure management structures, improved stream crossings or other trapping practices would be eligible. Towns included in the initiative are portions of Whitefield, Jefferson, Alna, Newcastle, Wiscasset, Edgecomb and Pittston.

Interested farmers and woodlot managers may be eligible for cost-share funding to implement conservation practices. Those located along the Sheepscot and Dyer rivers and tributaries are encouraged to contact District Conservationist Peter Abello at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service by emailing peter.abello@usda.gov or phoning 480-3937.

Educational events about the funding will be held in June, August and September in Lincoln County to highlight existing and recently implemented conservation projects that are improving water quality.

For more information, phone Knox-Lincoln SWCD at 596-2040 or email julie@knox-lincoln.org.