Cost-shares are now available for agricultural BMPs likely to improve water quality in the South Chickamauga Headwaters Project Area (depicted below).  The cost-shares will fund 60% of the cost of projects.  People of all income levels are generally eligible assuming they are in the watershed and have projects in mind that will result in improved quality of runoff and water quality improvement in blue-line streams in the watershed.  Projects that are generally acceptable include access control for livestock, alternative watering systems, cross-fencing to subdivide grazing paddocks, heavy use areas for winter feeding, stream crossings for livestock, as well as others.  We will be working closely with the NRCS to ensure only the highest quality projects are planned and completed.  In all, we hope to help cost-share on at least 5 agricultural projects featuring various BMPs by the close of 2013.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Josh Smith at (423) 309-2630 or

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