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NRCS Announces Recipients of State-Level Conservation Innovation Grants
SPOKANE, WA, Aug. 9, 2012—State Conservationist Roylene Rides at the Door announced the winning proposals for the 2012 State-level Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Through CIG, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing nearly $151,000 in innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues in Washington.
The 2012 CIG award winners will demonstrate the effectiveness of new ways to increase irrigation application efficiencies, lower flood damage to livestock via the creation of livestock evacuation routes, enhance nutrient tracking in the Yakima Basin, and identify the best sub-soiling model for pine forests and demonstrate improved seedling growth and survival. Grant winners pay 50 percent of project costs.
Below is a brief description of the approved projects awarded in Washington State at the local level.
Extreme Efficiency Linear-Move Irrigator - Hydrolinear Irrigators
Company was awarded $50,000 to demonstrate the cost-saving efficiency of the
Hydro-coupler linear-move Irrigator. The Hydro-coupler linear-move Irrigator
enables irrigation to an entire quarter section utilizing roughly the amount of
water discharged by a center pivot to increase water application to 25 or more
acres for the corners. The hydro coupler, an affordable and extremely efficient
automated coupler/drive, makes manual-move and furrow/gravity conversion
affordable or adds a benefit to the current linear-move irrigator.
The NRCS administers CIG as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, investing in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and approaches, with the eventual goal of wide-scale adoption to address water quality and quantity, air quality, energy conservation, and environmental markets, among other natural resource issues. Grants are awarded to state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
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