Funding available for Klamath Basin drought assistance

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


For Immediate Release

May 25, 2021

Lauren Bennett, NRCS Oregon, 503-414-3220,
Jolene Lau, NRCS California, 530-792-5690,

Funding available for Klamath Basin drought assistance

May 25, 2021

Portland, Ore. – (May 25, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon and California announce $1.8 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding to support the Klamath Basin and address critical needs during the ongoing drought. Applications are due by June 16, 2021.

In recognition of the catastrophic conditions Klamath Basin is experiencing, NRCS will offer a dedicated sign up and ranking for the Klamath without competition with other regions.

California and Oregon NRCS are working together to make sure programs for farmers in the Klamath are well aligned, including communication, timelines, screening, ranking and practice lists. NRCS has allocated $1.134 million in EQIP funding to Oregon and $674,000 to California to address critical needs during this drought.

The following soil stabilizing practices are available for Klamath Basin drought assistance:

  • Surface Roughening (609)
  • Cross Wind Ridges (588)
  • Cover Crops (340)
  • Reduced Tillage (345)
  • No-till (329)
  • Cross Wind Trap Strips (589)
  • Herbaceous Wind Barriers (603)
  • Mulching (484)

Interested landowners should submit applications by June 16. Apply in person at your local NRCS field office or online through