Irrigation system

NRCS is soliciting EQIP irrigation and soil health proposals in the Teton River area.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will take applications through April 19 for Friends of the Teton River Regional Conservation Partnership projects through the agency's Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

EQIP provides agricultural producers with financial resources and help to make conservation-related improvements. For the Teton River project in eastern Idaho, NRCS is accepting EQIP applications for irrigation system and soil-health projects that can help address issues related to water quality and quantity, NRCS Idaho said in a news release.

Some projects may produce incidental groundwater recharge in the spring, District Conservationist Lindsay Markegard said in an interview.

The Teton River Regional Conservation Partnership aims to preserve and improve the watershed and river, a tributary to Henry’s Fork of the Snake. It works on projects ranging from improving fish and wildlife habitat to preserving farms and ranches. Enhancing soil and water quality while maintaining adequate water supply are among the goals.

The 1976 Teton Dam failure caused major damage to riparian areas and communities.

The longtime partnership includes Friends of the Teton River and NRCS in coordination with the Teton Soil Conservation District, Teton Regional Land Trust, Teton Water Users Association, Legacy Works and the Farm Bureau.

Producers and agricultural landowners in Teton County can get more information by calling Markegard at 208-354-2680 ext. 103 or visiting the NRCS field office at 275 Old Railroad Way, Driggs, Idaho.

field reporter, SW Idaho and SE Oregon

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