NRCS and Reclamation Sign Partnership Agreement Regarding Water Conservation

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, (303) 445-3615

For Release: November 29, 2005

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Bruce Knight and Commissioner John Keys, Bureau of Reclamation, have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to coordinate agency efforts for efficient use and long-term sustainability of available water supplies for agricultural production and other beneficial uses.

"Cooperation between NRCS and Reclamation will help focus resources and support better management of available water supplies across the 17 Western States," said Keys. "In particular, this level of coordination will benefit those Western areas seeking drought relief assistance."

Some highlights of the agreement include:

  • Support for locally-led cooperative conservation projects regarding efficient water management.
  • Developing and implementing specific plans of action for cooperative conservation activities.
  • Support for state and locally organized drought action teams.
  • Identifying joint research needs and opportunities for field application of new technology.
  • Joint USDA-DOI training, conferences, seminars and education programs.
  • Designated agency liaisons to communicate and coordinate activities at the national, regional, state and local levels.

Reclamation conducts business only in the 17 Western States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Additional information on NRCS is available at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov and on Reclamation at http://www.usbr.gov.

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