||The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) began in 2012 as a collaborative effort between NRCS, EPA and the state water quality agencies to improve water quality in small agricultural watersheds. Success through NWQI is highly dependent on delivering accelerated financial assistance to watersheds where comprehensive resource assessments and plans have been developed, typically as a result of strong, established partnerships. Criteria for inclusion in NWQI includes a watershed-based plan. If the existing plan is not at an appropriate scale (HUC12), states should complete an inventory and assessment of the watershed. This assessment is complementary to the existing watershed plan, and is completed using a USDA NRCS area-wide assessment. In this webinar, presenters will discuss the importance of partnerships for watershed efforts, and will step through the watershed assessment process used in NWQI – how to clearly identify pollutants of concern and transport mechanisms, analyses to determine source acres or critical acres needing treatment, and development of effective conservation systems to address the resource concerns.