Washington State Conservation: Local Work Groups & NRCS Assistance

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Learn about LWG basics, membership, and meeting guidelines for Washington State conservation efforts. Explore initiatives like the National Water Quality Initiative and IRA project proposals. Eligible practices and deadlines are also highlighted.

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  1. Washington State Natural Resources Conservation Service Local Work Groups Nick Vira

  2. LWG Basics Chaired Conservation District Assisted by NRCS District Conservationist Facilitation Services Available Note Keepers are Helpful Advisory Group

  3. LWG Membership Producers Agriculture or Environmental Groups Tribes Units of Government Conservation District Board Members FSA County Committee and CED Cooperative Extension Local Elected Officials Others with interest in conservation

  4. To Do Set Meeting Date by December 8th, 2023 Notify NRCS Meeting Outreach Conduct Meeting by May 10, 2024 Submit EQIP Fund Pool and Meeting Attendance Determine if your LWG will submit: IRA Project Proposal NWQI Watersheds Conservation Practices State Initiatives

  5. National Water Quality Initiative Purpose: Sediment, Nutrient, and Pathogen Reduction w/in 12 digit HUC Process: 1. Watersheds selected 2. Plan developed and approved 3. Watershed receives dedicated EQIP Funds

  6. Current & Past NWQI Watersheds

  7. TO DO Sign In (required) EQIP Fund Pools (required) NWQI Planning Phase (optional) State Initiatives (optional) Conservation Practices (optional)

  8. IRA Project Proposals

  9. LWG Project Proposals (IRA $) Only 5 eligible categories: Soil Health Nitrogen Management Livestock, Grazing, & Pasture Energy, Combustion, & Electricity Efficiency Agroforestry, Forestry, & Upland Wildlife Habitat

  10. Eligible Practices

  11. LWG Project Proposals (IRA $) Proposals Due: May 24th, 2024 LWG Chairs submit to NICK.VIRA@usda.gov Proposals MUST provide adequate background information to justify any financial request. Proposals lacking this info will not be considered.

  12. 2023 LWG IRA Proposals 11 proposals received for over $11.3 million (FY24 Only) Awarded 10 proposals: $4,012,500 SRT Forestry: $1,000,000 SRT Nutrient: $500,000 PST Forestry: $100,000 SWT Forestry: $500,000 NCT Soil: $500,000 NCT Forestry: $150,000 NCT Range: $75,000 NCT Non Conventional: $37,500 NCT Wildlife: $500,000 Colville Tribal: $650,000



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