Kansas Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Ground and Surface Water Conservation (GSWC) - Quick Response Areas (QRAs)
To improve the effectiveness of EQIP GSWC funds, four Western Kansas
Groundwater Management Districts (GMD) and the Kansas Division of Water
Resources (DWR) identified areas of the High Plains Aquifer and hydraulically
interconnected alluvial and surface waters. These areas have been designated as
QRAs were identified and are approved by the Chief Engineer, DWR, and
the Director, Kansas Water Office (KWO) as important for reducing consumptive
water use. Each GMD and DWR defined QRA is based on various conditions
identified within each district including aquifer conditions, withdrawal
patterns, and socio-economic considerations.
The NRCS will provide EQIP financial assistance for eligible applications
located within QRAs that convert irrigated cropland to nonirrigated cropland or
Information for Kansas
- Kansas EQIP: The Irrigation Quick Response Area Self-Assessment Worksheet
for Fiscal Year 2008 must be completed and returned to the NRCS office by the
application period cutoff date of February 8, 2008. The
Self-Assessment Worksheet is available from
your local NRCS office or on the Kansas NRCS Web site.
- Conservation practice payments are only eligible on land that has been
physically irrigated at least two of the past five years.
- Applicant acreage benchmark water usage must meet or exceed the minimum
use guideline of 66 percent. Water usage equals the average acres irrigated
divided by acres authorized by permit. Of the years irrigated, the application
acres must have been irrigated at an average rate of at least six
- Conservation practice payments of $100 per acre annually for three years
are authorized on eligible acres that convert irrigated land to nonirrigated
land. Applicants may continue to produce crops under dryland rotations and
conservation tillage practices, or the land may be seeded to perennial
- Financial assistance is available for grass seedings and water
Where can producers access information about the EQIP?
Information can be found on the Kansas NRCS Web site.
Again, the best thing for producers to do is visit their local
Center and talk to the NRCS or conservation district office staff. They will
be able to assist producers wanting to address local natural resource concerns.
The NRCS is listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of
The information on this page may also be downloaded in Adobe
Quick Response Areas
Fact Sheet (PDF; 40 KB)
Map - Quick Response Areas (PDF; 338 KB)
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