Irrigation Efficiency Assistance Available through Regional Conservation Partnership Program
NRCS and the Tualatin SWCD are working together under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to help producers increase the sustainable use of soil, water and related natural resources.
The Dairy-McKay Degraded Riparian Ecosystems RCPP aims to improve water quality, increase irrigation efficiency, and restore stream habitat for fish and wildlife in the Dairy-McKay and Middle Tualatin, sub-watersheds of the Tualatin River basin in Washington County. These sub-watersheds were identified as priority areas for conservation by the Tualatin SWCD and local partners.
Irrigation practices funded in this program include:
- Irrigation pipeline
- Irrigation system – micro-irrigation
- Irrigation system – sprinkler
- Pumping Plant
- Structure for Water Control
- Irrigation Water Management
Funding assistance includes cost-share assistance for installation of irrigation infrastructure for high value crops according to NRCS standards. Tualatin SWCD will guide a producer through the planning and implementation of those practices.
Eligibility requirements include a current irrigation system that pulls from a perennial stream and uses an active surface water right. Priority will be given to producers interested in establishing a forested buffer along their stream to further address water quality. More information about establishing a forested streamside buffer through our stream enhancement programs can be found here: swcd.net/stream/VEGBAC
More information on micro-irrigation can be found here:
Check out other practices available through RCPP:
Waste storage facilities
This practice helps temporarily store wastes such as manure, wastewater, and contaminated runoff as part of an agricultural waste management system. In our part of Oregon, this usually entails building a structure to store waste or manure, shelter it from rainfall, and prevent nutrient or bacteria laden water from seeping out of the pile. This requires detailed planning, engineering, and environmental considerations to comply with existing federal and state laws. Our goal is to help agricultural landowners prevent or reduce potential non-point pollution sources from entering the watershed.
Integrated pest management (IPM)
This practice either prevents or reduces a risk associated with controlling pests using chemical, mechanical or biological methods. These actions can sometimes affect natural resources; in that case, we are able to support the grower in adopting an IPM system. This work relies almost entirely on land-grant university IPM techniques, like those developed by Oregon State University Extension, to prevent or reduce identified hazards to natural resources. It frequently includes prevention of pests and avoidance techniques. In this practice, we work to prevent or mitigate the offsite risks from pesticide leaching, solution in runoff, and adsorbed runoff losses. We also work to reduce risks to beneficial pollinators and insects by reducing pesticide drift and volatilization.
More information on nutrient and integrated pest management can be found here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/landuse/crops/npm/
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
If you are already implementing conservation practices on your property, or have been enrolled in an NRCS program in the past, Conservation Stewardship Program might be a good fit to continue to enhance the sustainability of your operation.
Explore CSP options here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/csp/
Contact Juli today to find out if you are eligible:
503 334-2288 x108