Winter Water Holding on Cropland in Vermilion and Cameron Parishes Plus Agricultural Best Management Practices
US Department of Agriculture
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
Water Quality Restoration and Maintenance
The project will improve water quality in Vermilion and Cameron Parishes through winter water holding on cropland and improved land management practices that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff from agricultural lands. Implementation of best land management practices (BMPs) using existing USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation practice standards (CPS) and specifications will be the primary tool used to reduce erosion and nutrient inputs in the watershed. The proposed conservation practices will reduce the loss of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment, which contribute to water quality impairments in streams and downstream receiving waters, from the landscape. Improved water quality in the Vermilion and Cameron Parishes will ultimately benefit all estuarine and marine resources of coastal Louisiana.