Partners in conservation to target water quality and salmon habitat in Puget Sound EQIP Sign-up

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Jeff Harlow, Assistant State Conservationist (Programs), 509-323-2971
Natural Resources Conservation Service


Shana Joy, Puget Sound Regional Manager & Policy Assistant,
Washington State Conservation Commission, (360) 480-2078

Partners in conservation to target water quality and salmon habitat in Puget Sound EQIP Sign-up

Spokane, Wash. (March 22, 2016) – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will work with partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to provide financial and technical assistance for landowners and producers wanting to improve water quality and salmon habitat in the Puget Sound. Financial assistance will be provided through special Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding for fiscal year 2016.

Projects may be located in the following geographic areas: Thomas Creek Watershed (Skagit County), Skykomish River Watershed (Snohomish County), and Newaukum Creek Watershed (King County).

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.

Eligible producers and entities interested in applying for financial assistance through this special EQIP sign-up will have until April 22 to submit their applications for consideration. Additional sign-up cut-off dates for this Puget Sound RCPP EQIP program will be May 20th and June 17th. Early applicants will have the best chance of receiving funding.

Funding is limited, and applications will be subject to a ranking system. In order to be eligible, it is important that interested parties visit their local Farm Service Agency office as soon as possible to ensure that their farm records are established.

Any applicant using an Employer Identification Number (EIN) taxpayer number to receive payments must have a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and an active and current registration in the federal System for Award Management (SAM) at prior to applying for participation in NRCS programs, and to remain eligible for payments under a funded contract. A fact sheet about DUNS and SAM is available on the Washington NRCS website at on the “programs” tab. 

For additional information please contact your local NRCS office or local project lead:

Geographic Area

Program Lead

Contact Information

Thomas Creek Watershed

Skagit Conservation District, Jennifer Coe

360-428-4313 or

Skykomish River Watershed

Snohomish Conservation District, Eric Schuh

425-377-7026 or

Newaukum Creek Watershed

King Conservation District, Erin Ericson or Rachel Conrady

425-282-1900 or or


Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $29 billion to help producers make conservation improvements, working with as many as 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to protect over 400 million acres nationwide, boosting soil and air quality, cleaning and conserving water and enhancing wildlife habitat. For an interactive look at USDA's work in conservation and forestry over the course of this Administration, visit


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