In 2017 and 2018, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offered opportunities for agricultural producers to improve water quality in the East Fork Little Miami River watershed. Under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), producers could receive financial help with EQIP-eligible conservation practices such as cover crops, nutrient management, conservation tillage, filter strips and more. It is anticipated that NRCS will continue to offer this program on an annual basis in the near future. Click here to view a map of the East Fork Little Miami River watershed.
Eligibility: General EQIP eligibility rules also apply for the East Fork EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. Eligible EQIP applicants include agricultural producers, and owners of non-industrial private forestland.
Types of Practices funded under the East Fork Water Quality Initiative include cover crops, nutrient management, filter strip, grassed waterway, waste storage facility, watering facility and fencing, among many others. Click here for a full list of practices.
Any eligible agricultural producer can submit an East Fork EQIP application at any time. NRCS announces “cut-off” or application submission deadline dates to evaluate, rank, and approve applications received by the announced date.
Applicants must complete and file all application and eligibility paperwork as required. Applicants approved for funding must sign an EQIP contract and implement the planned conservation practices to NRCS standards and specifications as scheduled. Starting a conservation practice in an EQIP contract before final written contract approval renders that practice ineligible for EQIP assistance unless NRCS granted a written waiver.
- Clermont/Brown Counties: District Conservationist 513.732.2191 ext 102
- Highland County: Resource Conservationist 937.393.1922
- Clinton County: District Conservationist 937.382.2461
- Assistant State Conservationist for Natural Resources 644.255.2502
Agency: Natural Resources Conservation Service