USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces a new EQIP special emphasis area, including the Canadian River and its tributaries through Hartley, Oldham, Moore and Potter counties above Lake Meredith. It targets saltcedar for brush control treatment.

NRCS State Conservationist Larry Butler said, “The state technical committee designated the treatment of saltcedar for the purpose of enhancing water quality and quantity for public benefit.”

The saltcedar invasion along the river is a significant problem to water draining into Lake Meredith. State technical committee leaders have recognized the need for saltcedar control in the Panhandle along the Canadian River and its tributaries. This determination has been made for other parts of the state in past years.

The key committee leaders in this project include individuals within many state, federal and local agencies, private businesses, and commodity and environmental groups. A few of these include The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and the Texas Farm Bureau.