The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is a cooperative program between
USDA and State Government to improve and protect water quality of streams and
wildlife habitat in the watersheds of the Chesapeake, Delaware and Inland Bays.
Annual rental and cost-share payments are paid by both USDA and the State
(DNREC-NPS) on 10-15 year contracts. Five practices are offered under the
Delaware CREP: Hardwood tree planting, wildlife habitat, grassed filter strips,
riparian buffers, and wetland restoration. These practices must adjoin impaired
streams or contributing drainage ditches in designated project areas.