National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI)
CTIC is currently working with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on a project in support of NWQI. This project is identifying successful watershed management activities that engage landowners, farmers, and the broader public to protect water quality. Insights developed through this project will inform future NRCS efforts to support local watershed initiatives with technical and financial resources.
As a first step, CTIC is convening watershed leaders from across the country at five forums to learn from their experience—successful or otherwise—with diverse watershed management and communication strategies. Our first forum will take place in North Carolina on January 30th followed by forums in Vermont, Oklahoma, Illinois and Washington over the next few months.
In addition to the forums, CTIC and project partners will develop: recommendations for communicating effectively to build support for an understanding of ag conservation efforts aimed at water quality and quantity; reports for each forum and a summary report providing actionable recommendations to NRCS and partners on watershed project design, delivery and promotion from a landowner and stakeholder perspective; and practioners guide to assist stakeholders in working with NRCS in support of watershed projects.
Utilize CTIC's expertise and networking success to improve the effective engagement by NRCS in delivering watershed projects and to enhance the agency's ability to communicate the issues and success of watershed projects.