NRCS Launches Second Year of Groundwater Recharge Pilot Program



The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is in the second year of piloting a new groundwater recharge program under EQIP* to evaluate the following Interim Conservation Practice Standards: 

815 – Groundwater Recharge Basin and Trench

817 – On-Farm Recharge 

* The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program administered by NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address priority natural resource concerns. 

Note that ONLY projects located in Madera County, Chowchilla Water District, Tulare Irrigation District, Fresno Irrigation District, and Delano-Earlimart Irrigation District are eligible for this pilot program (see map to the right). 

Sustainable Conservation is working with the NRCS to help launch, administer, and evaluate this pilot recharge program. For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, please review the following materials:

Program overview – read this first for basic program details

Program description


Application Form

Form 1200

Form 1200 continuation page



Practice standard 815 – recharge basin or trench

Practice standard 817 – on-farm recharge