USDA funds available for western basin improvements

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — The next round of funding is now available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), as part of a tri-state, five-year, $17.5 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The goal of the program is to reduce nutrients and harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie by assisting farmers in installing conservation practices that benefit water quality in the western basin of Lake Erie.

This year, applications received from Ohio livestock farmers will receive priority for funding. Nutrient management practices that allow for proper storage, timing and placement of nutrients will help livestock producers comply with Ohio’s new nutrient management laws.

Get in touch

Ohio livestock farmers located in the western Lake Erie basin watershed interested in applying for technical and financial assistance to implement these practices should contact their local USDA Service Center as soon as possible.

The Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative is a partnership effort that includes public, private and non-profit organizations and is led in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

These partner organizations assist with promoting conservation opportunities and monitor the impact of these practices implemented through the initiative.

For more information about conservation assistance available through the Tri-State Western Lake Erie Basin Phosphorus Reduction Initiative, visit Ohio’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website at www.oh.nrcs.usda.gov.

Related Coverage:

Groups propose Ohio water quality bond issue (Oct. 27, 2015)

Ohio legislature approves new nutrient bill (March 25)

Ohio Senate passes water quality bill (Feb. 19)

Governor’s budget includes water quality plans.

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