Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications for Indiana Watershed Initiative

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For Immediate Release

February 28, 2017

Contact: Becky Fletcher, State Public Affairs Officer

Phone: 317-295-5825

Email: rebecca.fletcher@in.usda.gov

Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications for Indiana Watershed Initiative

Indianapolis, IN, February 28, 2017 – Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that NRCS is accepting applications until April 21 to be considered for second round funding to improve water quality in two targeted watersheds in northern Indiana.

 

Dollars are still available for the “Indiana Watershed Initiative” Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), led by The University of Notre Dame.  This project will help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations in the Shatto Ditch watershed located in Kosciusko County and the Kirkpatrick Ditch watershed located in Newton, Jasper and Benton counties.

 

“This program is an example of government working at its best. We’re empowering local communities and private landowners to take control and identify what the needs are in their backyards,” said Hardisty.  “This results in a significant investment in conservation to benefit our soils, water, and wildlife.”

 

RCPP funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help farmers adopt conservation practices that improve water quality.  Conservation practices reduce the amount of nutrients flowing from farm fields into waterways, curb erosion and improve the resiliency of agricultural lands during times of extreme weather.  This RCPP project will focus on promoting planting winter cover crops and installing two-stage ditches because they provide a solution to nutrient and sediment loss from cropland.

              

"This project continues to demonstrate innovative solutions to help producers boost their operations and mitigate threats, while protecting the natural resources we all depend on,” Hardisty said.

 

All applications for funding consideration must be received by April 21, 2017.

 

To learn more about RCPP in Indiana, visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/in/programs/farmbill/?cid=stelprdb1248173. 

 

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/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/.