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Conservation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Kentucky General Assembly passed the Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Act (AWQA) in 1994 with the goal of protecting the surface and groundwater resources from pollution resulting from agriculture and forestry activities. This AWQA Planning Tool helps you think about your farm activities and determine what practices you have that prevent pollution. The question and answer format tailors plan development to your farm and eliminates sections that aren't applicable. You can also use this tool to identify additional practices you may want to add to your farm in the future.

Developing a plan is a key component to preventing soil and nutrient losses, but implementing those practices is critical.  Funding to assist for installing practices on your farm through the state cost share program and others identified in the Best Management​ Practices guides

Although there is no required frequency of plan updates, you should review your plan every time you change something on your farm. New practices are also added to the statewide plan​ periodically and may be of beneficial to your plan.

Instructions for Using the Ag Water Quality Plan Planning Tool

  1. Create a log-in account through the Kentucky Online Gateway.
  2. After creating an account or logging in with an existing account, access the AWQA Planning Tool.
  3. If you are working on your plan and need to come back to finish it later, select the button at the bottom of the e-form labeled "Click to save values for future retrieval."
  4. After completing the appropriate sections of the tool, fill in the signature block in the "Plan Summary" tab of the e-form.
  5. To complete your plan and obtain a printable copy for your records, select the button at the bottom of the e-form labeled "Click to retain a copy of your completed plan."
  6. If you prefer filling out your plan on paper, download and print the paper plan PDF

​Agriculture Water Quality Authority

​​​​For more information about the Ag Water Quality Authority, its members and its decisions, visit the Agriculture Water Quality Authority page. 


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