NRCS improves impaired watersheds
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The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Chapter 25 of Cleveland together with Cleveland Plywood’s generous donation of building supplies was able to build a handicap ramp for a well-deserving veteran. The DAV’s Bill Gray, right, presented Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood with a plaque to hang at Cleveland Plywood. Glenn Slaughter was fully dedicated to building this ramp for this family. Slaughter donated all of his time and skills.  DAV meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center next to the YMCA.
The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Chapter 25 of Cleveland together with Cleveland Plywood’s generous donation of building supplies was able to build a handicap ramp for a well-deserving veteran. The DAV’s Bill Gray, right, presented Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood with a plaque to hang at Cleveland Plywood. Glenn Slaughter was fully dedicated to building this ramp for this family. Slaughter donated all of his time and skills. DAV meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center next to the YMCA.
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NASHVILLE — State Conservationist Kevin Brown announced additional funding for an initiative to improve water quality in selected watersheds in Tennessee.

The watersheds are Fork Creek in Monroe and Loudon Counties, Fall Creek in Bedford County, and Clover Creek in Obion County.

NRCS has $765,076 in assistance available this year to help Tennessee farmers and forestland owners install conservation practices that manage nutrients, pathogens and sediments. Funding comes through the agency’s National Water Quality Initiative.

NRCS conservation professionals will provide technical assistance and planning tools to help farmers determine which conservation actions will provide the best results to improve water quality on their land.

Eligible producers receive assistance for installing conservation systems that may include practices such as nutrient management, cover crops, composting facility, filter strip, grade stabilization structure, no-till residue management, prescribed grazing, streambank & shoreline protection and waste storage facility.

“When producers work to improve water quality in small watersheds,” stated Brown, “everyone benefits. We see results at the local level and communities benefit by having clean waterways, safer drinking water and healthy habitat for fish and wildlife.”

NRCS worked closely with partners and the State Technical Committee to select priority watersheds where on-farm conservation investments have the best chance to improve water quality. Partners include state and federal agencies, agricultural and conservation organizations, and technical experts.

The selected watersheds have streams or water bodies that are threatened or impaired and are on the State’s 303 (d) list of impaired waters as designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Through this water quality initiative, NRCS is also piloting its new Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff. The tool will help landowners determine how alternative conservation systems they are considering will impact water quality improvement.

Additionally, state water quality agencies and other partners will do in-stream and watershed-level monitoring to track water quality improvements in many of the project watersheds.