USDA NRCS funds for Western Lake Erie Basin-April 29th deadline
March 31, 2016
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that NRCS is accepting applications until April 29 for funding to improve water quality in watersheds affecting the Western Lake Erie Basin. This is part of a $41 million investment in a three-year initiative to support the work of farmers in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to improve water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB). The initiative helps farmers implement science-based conservation measures to reduce runoff from farms entering the region’s waterways.
This initiative will expand conservation and financial assistance opportunities for WLEB farmers who want to take additional steps to improve the quality of the water feeding the lake. This funding is in addition to the $36 million the Agency has already planned to make available in the basin through the 2014 Farm Bill, for a combined three-year investment of $77 million to improve water quality and support sustainable production in the Basin.
This partnership will work with data from the CEAP report and other sources along with the recommendations of farmers and other conservation partners to match the right conservation solution to the unique qualities of each field to maximize the impact of each dollar invested.
To learn more about WLEB in Indiana, visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/
As information for Ohio and Michigan become available, their links will be added. Otherwise contact your local NRCS office.
For more information about NRCS and other technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your District Conservationist http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/